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Georgia Privatizes Prison Medical Care—With Contractor’s Goal to Cut Costs

After years of attempting to privatize prisoner medical care, the Georgia Department of Corrections has at finally done so—and chosen…

November 7, 2022

Prisoners Without Cells or Beds Are Sleeping Outside in Georgia

Many effects of the understaffing crisis within the Georgia Department of Corrections have been well-documented, if not actually addressed. Trans…

October 17, 2022

Don’t Brag About Hiring People With Criminal Records If You Ignore Those of Us With Felonies

The first thing employers are going to ask me when I get out of prison and start applying for jobs…

September 27, 2022

Restoring Pell Grants to Prisoners Boosts Our Education—in Theory

In 2023, the Education Department will restore Pell Grant eligibility to incarcerated students and allow any nonprofit higher education facility…

September 20, 2022

“Liberty Is Not What I Have”: Ashley Diamond Speaks to the Trans Women Still in Prison

In 2016, Ashley Diamond won a historic lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections over its anti-trans policies. During her…

August 24, 2022

I’m 79 and in Prison. Cigarettes Have Shaped My Life.

Tobacco settles the nerves, relaxes the body, quiets the mind. A mild, pleasant high. I'm not making any scientific or…

August 16, 2022

Why Many of Us Began Playing the Stock Market From Prison

On a Monday morning in June, Derek Collier smiled from atop his bunk in Washington state's Monroe Correctional Complex. His…

August 11, 2022

Prison Didn’t Rehabilitate Me, But Using Meth in Prison Did

It’s ironic in retrospect that drugs were part of why I went to prison, because drugs were also why, while…

June 7, 2022

Lifers, Lab Rats and the Mandatory Minimums Experiment

In the 1950s, John Hopkins University Professor Curt Richter ran a series of experiments on rats that involved placing them…

June 6, 2022

We Know Visitors Aren’t the Ones Bringing Drugs Into Our Prison

The Tennessee private prison where I’ve been incarcerated since 2016 has long maintained that the supply of contraband drugs here…

March 22, 2022