prisons

prison reform

'Starving The Beast': The Women Working To Close a Misused Atlanta Jail

Marilynn Winn, a formerly incarcerated 68-year-old Black woman, wants to repurpose Atlanta City Detention Center into a wellness and freedom center for the local community.
Kimberly Lawson
2.8.19
The Weakest Link

‘This Is a War’: Prisons Want Cell Phone Jammers to Stop Inmates from Communicating With the Outside World

Prisons want jamming technology to stop criminal activity, but critics warn there would be dire consequences if jamming was allowed to propagate.
Cara Tabachnick
11.26.18
takeout

Irish Prison Inmates Snuck In Chinese Takeout Delivery by Drone

The Wheatfield staff has taken a number of steps to prevent Kung Pao chicken (and cocaine or whatever) from being dropped into the rec yard.
Jelisa Castrodale
10.2.18
Broadly

Women-Led Initiatives Are Closing the Gender Gap in Prison Coding Programs

Coding bootcamps for prisoners have been around since 2014, but they used to be exclusively for men. Girl Develop It is one of the women-led programs tackling that problem.
Zara Stone
8.3.18
prison

After Marrying Her Prison Pen Pal, This Woman is Sharing Inmates' Writing

Inmate Blogger founder Suzie Jennings was inspired to set up her publishing platform after seeing how much writing helped her incarcerated husband, Steven.
Carmen Russo
7.12.18
Noisey News

Meek Mill Gives Optimistic Interview to NBC

Meek to Lester Holt: "I think God put me in this position to be able to [...] open up eyes for other young black men."
Lauren O'Neill
4.13.18
prisons

'I Loved Myself for the First Time': Women Prisoners Heal Trauma with Dance

High percentages of incarcerated women suffer from untreated PTSD. One quickly expanding program is successfully using dance to help them move forward.
Ari Honarvar
3.30.18
harvey

What Happens to Prison Inmates Caught in Hurricanes?

Texas prisoners say they went days without running water after Harvey.
Michael Patrick Welch
9.19.17
At Play in the Carceral State

How Inmates Play Tabletop RPGs in Prisons Where Dice Are Contraband

In correctional facilities across America, inmates cluster around tables in the common room to play games like Dungeons & Dragons. And they do it without dice.
Elisabeth de Kleer
7.25.17
At Play in the Carceral State

Dragons in the Department of Corrections

Inmates at a Colorado's maximum security prison use 'Dungeons & Dragons' to collaborate and exercise their creativity... all without dice.
Elisabeth de Kleer
7.24.17
Criminal Justice

Watch Live: How Can We Tackle the Challenges Women Face in US Prisons?

Broadly is live at the Women Unshackled conference in DC to discuss the unique challenges faced by women every day in the US justice system.
Broadly Staff
7.18.17
prison

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Ban the Shackling of Pregnant Inmates for Good

Women are the fastest growing population of prisoners in America, and they're being shackled during pregnancy and denied basic menstrual products.
Mitchell Sunderland
7.12.17
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