From 'The Alcatraz of the Rockies' to the Streets

The US sends "the worst of the worst" to ADX Florence. This is what happens when they get out.


How Music Is Keeping People from Going Back to Prison

An expanding California arts program is proven to cut recidivism and save prisons money. Can it be a new model for prison reform?


Why the Friendships You Make in Prison Should Stay Behind Bars

In federal prison, you form friendships with unlikely people. What happens after that is sensitive.


Ex-Cons Remember Their Worst Jobs After Being Released from Prison

From a gig as a farm hand that involved fixing a cow's prolapsed vagina, to a job that involved picking up trash while walking through raw sewage.


Friday Night Hip-Hop on Rikers Island

Hanging out with teenage inmates as they make beats and write rhymes inside the notorious New York City jail.


How to Repair the Criminal Justice System

We talked to leaders and activists spearheading prison reform to find out what we can do to fix our broken penal system.


How One Man from the St. Louis Projects Got Out of Prison and Went Back Again

Larry walked out of Missouri state prison with some money and a job, but like most former inmates, he got dragged back in.


A Former Inmate Talks About How Prisons Manufacture Criminals

Prisoners often suffer dehumanising abuse at the hands of guards and other inmates, and are ill-prepared to get jobs and homes once they're out – is it any wonder so many of them go back to crime?


Colleges Should Stop Asking Prospective Students About Their Criminal Records

Past mistakes shouldn't make it impossible to pursue an education.