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American Prisons

The Curious Case of Legal Mail

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Federally, the law is very clear on legal correspondence. In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, outgoing mail can be sealed and mailed via legal mail call every weekday morning. Correctional staff are not permitted to read these outgoing letters.

The Dirt Wars: An Intimate Look at Convict Culture in American Prisons

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 10.12.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

American prisons foster a culture of violence, hatred, bigotry and dominance. They take the criminally inclined, and not so inclined, and turn them into hardened convicts who, after a period of years, become dangerous men.

The Number Of Women Behind Bars Is Skyrocketing, And Here's The Upsetting Result

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime

For many Americans, the Netflix hit series "Orange Is the New Black" was their first introduction to the inner world of female incarceration. The show...

I Was Confined To Solitary At Age 16 And It Still Haunts Me

Dwayne Betts | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Dwayne Betts

Seventeen years later, I find that I'm again constantly thinking about solitary confinement. The horror stories that drive the public conversation about solitary are not stories to me, but memories.

The US Prison System Needs a Total Overhaul

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Diane Dimond

I'm not talking about a little tweak here and there. I'm talking about throwing a massive metaphorical hand grenade into the entire system and starting over from scratch. We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing the system to have morphed into what it has.

Saki Knafo

America Has More Prisoners Than High School Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some 1,570,000 inmates in sta...

Mass Incarceration: A Great Social Injustice

Michael Santos | Posted 05.05.2013 | Crime
Michael Santos

I am one of those people who've been released from prison, but I'm still stuck in the criminal justice system.

Experts: When A Relative Goes To Jail, The Whole Family Serves Time

Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact

By Andrea Strong, TakePart Anyone familiar with the U.S. criminal justice system has likely heard the expression, “When a person gets sentenced t...

VIDEO: Can A Tour Of Prisons Be Called A 'Travel Film?'

Paul Brady | Posted 02.22.2012 | Travel
Paul Brady

Writer and academic Pete Brook takes an odd trip around the United States: He travels what he calls a "hidden" network of American prisons. But can we call his work "travel writing?"

Andrew Losowsky

Prisoners Sue For Access To Books

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Losowsky | Posted 12.02.2011 | Books

When Mark Melvin asked his friend to order him a Pulitzer Prize-winning history book, he didn't expect to have to file a lawsuit in order to read it. ...