Prison: Breaking The Cycle

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More former prisoners are reoffending than ever before. We reveal the latest efforts to break the cycle in the first episode of our new Economist Films series.

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Home is Not Smelling Cherry Pie

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An honest look at how our experience of home often differs from the stereotypical “happy home.”

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Rape, Riots, and Rotten Food—Relearning Life Behind Bars

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You can’t pick us out of a crowd. Because we’re just like you.

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I Come From South Central

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Welcome to my block. Would you like to take a walk with me?

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Some Find Redemption On Death Row, But Few Find Mercy

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As the growing amount of time between sentencing and execution has made redemption claims more plausible, mercy has ironically become more difficult to find.

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I’m Not the Only One

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Everyone has a story. POPS (Pain of the Prison System) is my story.

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I am Full of Hatred


What man lead to such hate?

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Engraved in My Memory

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A heart touching reflection by Grecia Jara on losing a parent.

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In Too Many Ways, America’s Poorest Communities Are Just Like Prison

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Prison reform may be more appealing to critics when the narrative changes to crime prevention. What if we change the discussion from one of values and “the right thing to do” to one of fiscal and public safety concerns for all the residents of U.S. cities and towns?

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Angola for Life

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A look into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

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How I Rebuilt My Life After Prison


On the bus ride back to the real world, I was scared but hopeful as I envisioned new possibilities.

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Broken Man


He was a broken man with no way out.

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When Will He Get Out?


The day my whole life changed was when my father was jailed for the second time.

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An Incarcerated Man’s Take on Life in Maximum-Security Prison


One incarcerated man asks if confinement to a maximum security prison is the best way to reform criminals.

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Alcohol, Guns, and Death: Trying to Become a Man


Randy Chavez explains how three critical years in his life have lead him to some promises.

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Looking Back When Your Neck Doesn’t Agree


John Rodriguez shares some boyhood memories where he felt stuck.

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