The Prison Issue


From a Tortured System

The story of how the state's self-defeating prison policies helped to create the mega-gangs of modern Brazil.


Rehabilitation, Spies, and Goals

Watching the final between 'Liverpool' and 'Manchester United' in Luzira, Uganda's only maximum security proison


Teaching in Prison

A comprehensive analysis of my 30 months teaching in Her Majesty's Prison System.


Mental Health in HMP

A look at the mental state of the British prison system in 2015.


No Chance Adana

The sad realities of time in a Turkish detention centre.


The Myth of the Lone Wolf

The spectre of extremism in prison.


Discussing the Benefits of Video Gaming Behind Bars with an Ex-Con

"When boredom kicks in, that's when people get edgy... but when there's a FIFA tournament going on, it brings people together."


Full Bleed: Escaping Alcatraz

​These photos by Anthony Tafuro feature Alcatraz Island, a tough prison for any convict looking to break free.


Silicon Valley’s Plan to Turn Inmates into Coders

The program promises to be a modern-day foray beyond traditional prison jobs and a rare bridge between the technorati of the Bay Area and those living behind bars just next door.


Deep Cover: What It Was Like Working as a Prison Guard at Sing Sing in the 1990s

Ted Conover discusses how little has changed in the 15 years since he infiltrated Sing Sing in order to write a book about the prison system.


What Happens When Inmates in Solitary Confinement Blow the Whistle on Their Abuse?

A group of inmates calling themselves the Dallas Six banded together and grew committed to bringing their prison's abusive conditions to light, even in the face of being confined there longer.


'Engulfed': Fiction by Curtis Dawkins

A short story about criminals, prison, and lies.