Criminal Justice

Life Inside
Life Inside

What It’s Like to Be a Cutter in Prison

This isn’t a place that provides treatment, help, or even empathy to those who suffer from stress, depression, and mental illness.
Deidre McDonald
3 days ago
Life Inside
Life Inside

The Inmate I Took Under My Wing Didn't Survive Prison

I failed to realize that staying out of trouble is as much about mental health as it is about physical safety.
Kimberly Davoren as told to Mustafa Z. Mirza
8.10.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

All the Crazy Things I Saw in Prison During Hurricane Harvey

We were stuck in a ghost town, and ours were the only lives left.
Deidre McDonald
8.3.18
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crime

A Cop Explains Why Curfews Don't Work

How a 90s panic spawned a toxic trend that doesn’t make you safer and can target kids of color.
Ivonne Roman
8.2.18
Views My Own
Views My Own

America's Insane Bail System Is Even Worse Than You Think

I grew up in Brooklyn in a neighborhood where we saw excess incarceration. But the system doesn't have to be this bad.
Michael K. Williams
7.27.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

How I Survived Cancer in Prison

I fought first for my rights, and then for my life.
Heather Hodges
7.27.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

The Brutal Politics of Snitching in Prison

It sounds simple, but I’ve seen guys who called themselves “rat smashers” pick the wrong rat to smash.
George T. Wilkerson
7.20.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

I Learned to Play Violin in Prison

Then I used music to grieve my father's death.
Jason Naradzay
7.6.18
true crime
true crime

How to Train Your Brain to Keep You Out of Jail

A new project is teaching habitual offenders to change how they think—and act—with cognitive behavioral therapy.
Eli Hager
6.27.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

The Man Who Almost Killed Me Only Did 120 Days in Jail

Before I knew it, my trainer had wrapped my face and head in Saran wrap and was beating me and smashing my head into the wall.
Patricia Wenskunas
6.22.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

All the Crap I Put Up with Transitioning to Male in Prison

"Well, you’re still a she for now, anyway," the doctor told me when I started hormone therapy.
Ethan Ybabes
6.15.18
Life Inside
Life Inside

I Rebuilt Malcolm X's Old Prison Debate Team

The audience responded with a chorus of laughter as I won points for my team—and for incarcerated people everywhere.
Daniel S. Throop
6.8.18