The Prison System Is a Nightmare, but Not for the Reasons You Think
How it's become an agency of social control.
Rookies Deconstructed: Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor can already score points with the grace and force of few players in the NBA. The way he does all that calls for some very flattering comparisons.
The Worst Prison Food Dish Is Finally Off the Menu in New York
Prison food is awful, but prisoners say the Nutraloaf—a gruesome mix of oddball ingredients formed into a log—is the worst. As of this week, however, the loaf is off the menu in New York State.
What It's Like to Have a Parent in Prison
A new report released last week in the UK examines how families are treated by prison staff and how intimidating these visits can be for them.
Do Indonesians Agree With Their Government’s Plan to Castrate Pedophiles?
After a series of high-profile sexual abuse cases, Indonesia is on the verge of mandating chemical castration. We asked people around Jakarta for their thoughts.
When Prison Food Is a Punishment
Nutraloaf, a blend of several different kinds of food mashed together and baked into a flavorless loaf, is still served to prisoners across the country.
'Gay Panic' Is Still a Murder Defense in Some States of Australia
In Queensland and South Australia, if you're a guy who believes you're being hit on by another guy, you can kill that guy and not face a murder charge.
We Talked to the Former Bank Robber who Once Escaped Prison in a Helicopter
In 1999, John Killick was busted out of Sydney's Silverwater Prison in a helicopter by his girlfriend, Lucy Dudko. They were both caught and John was released again last month. We talked about helicopters, chess, and freedom.
Leo van der Pluym
There's Nothing More Depressing than Eating Whale Meat in a Municipal Airport
You know what would make a meal at a sterile, joyless municipal airport even more depressing? Eating the flesh of a sentient, endangered animal that was probably slaughtered by a profit-hungry poacher.
UK Considers Punishing Computer Hacking With Life in Prison
The Serious Crime Bill would alter penalties for digital criminals.
I Went Undercover in America's Toughest Prison
I didn’t believe that a concentration camp could exist in America until, in Phoenix, Arizona, I saw one with my own eyes. Maricopa County is a fuzzy-lawed place where sentenced and un-sentenced inmates alike do hard time together.
Bucharest Is Not a Good Place to Be a Heroin Addict
Unless you're into police brutality and an enforced lack of medical attention.
Mihai Popescu, Photos: Amy Goud