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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Is He Useless, or Can He Change?


Leo Cruz is facing the future, and he is not sure where, who, or how he will be able to change.

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Counting Down Backward on the Ladder to Manhood


17-year-old Anthony Cortez looks back on the ways he thought he was becoming a man.

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Dad’s Last Day


Jackie Sanchez faces her father’s alcoholism.

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My Prison Part II


Tyanni Gomez revisits the theme of prison and pain. Is there a chance for release?

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My Uncle’s DUI


Alejandra Ruiz is concerned for her father in the face of an uncles DUI.

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He’s Never Coming Back


Counting the years back shows the track to the border of familial seperation

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I am the Fetus of an Affair


Elia Espinosa confronts herself about the man who provided the other half of her genetic material.

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Who Signs Up For Gladiator School?


Former private prison worker blows the whistle on abuse

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