A Daughter’s Collect Call From Jail Interrupts Thanksgiving Dinner

Sometimes,, reflecting on your past from someone else’s perspective is so much more insightful.

People Who Screw Up but Handle it Well are More Attractive Than Those Who Don’t

Making the most out of a second chance is important. But admitting your mistakes and failures is even more vital.

Prison: Breaking The Cycle

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.

Home is Not Smelling Cherry Pie

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

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

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

I Come From South Central

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

Prisoner Re-Entry Schools

When we argue for limitations, we get to keep them.

I’m Not the Only One

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

Prison Debate Team Beats Harvard

Jessicah Lahitou looks at the benefits to innovation for difficult-to-solve problems such as prison reform.

3 of the Most Innovative Ideas in Education Happening Now

If we want to change the education system for the better, we need to find initiatives that are working and roll them out on a larger scale says Jessicah Lahitou.

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

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?

Angola for Life

A look into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Chasing Down the ‘Real Man’

Quentin Lucas found himself in the military, facing court martial, before he could begin to see what a ‘real man’ might be.

New Models To Predict Recidivism Could Provide Better Way To Deter Repeat Crime

Is there a better way to predict whether someone once released will return behind bars?

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.

Behind the Badge: Are Guards Prepared to Rehabilitate Our Nation’s Prisoners?

How much are guards doing for the well-being of men and women behind bars? Brittni Brown examines the statistics.