The Department of Justice Won't Release Data on Prison Deportations
Each year, the federal government deports thousands of prisoners who enter the Institutional Hearing Program, but it won't reveal critical information about its operations.
The Legacy of Japanese Internment Lives on in Migrant Detention
One year after the Supreme Court dismissed "Korematsu," the Trump administration will begin detaining migrants in a camp where Japanese Americans were incarcerated.
Who's Legally Responsible for Prison and Jail Suicides?
Lawsuits used to be a path to prison reform, but they're now an uphill battle for prisoners and their families.
Following a Nationwide Strike, Prisoners Say They Face Repressive Repercussions
A member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee discusses the retaliation prisoners face when fighting for their rights.
'It's a Fight for Human Rights': An Interview With a Prison Strike Organizer
A former inmate discusses the organization and demands behind the recent nationwide prison strike.
A Harvard Sociologist Breaks Down the Moral Failures Plaguing the U.S. Prison System
Harvard University sociologist Bruce Western weighs in on the role of prisons in perpetuating human vulnerability.
Taking Freedom: Modern-Day Slavery in America's Prison Workforce
On the labor issues connected with using inmates as extremely low-paid workers in state and federal prisons.
The Lede, Issue #4: Racial Trauma, the Death Penalty in America, Marilynne Robinson Essays, and More
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Since We Last Spoke: California Bans Mandatory Life Sentences Without the Possibility of Parole for Juvenile
Updates to stories from the Pacific Standard archive.
A Damaging New Secure Housing Unit Poses Problems on Rikers Island
A new report from the New York City Board of Correction suggests that inmates have traded one problematic practice for another.
These Four Maps Show Inmates Don't Always Drive Prison Costs
A new report finds that a drop in the prison population doesn't necessarily mean a drop in prison costs.
America's Private-Prison Industry Has Always Been All Right
President Donald Trump has restored consumer confidence in private prisons—but they were never in danger of failing to begin with.
Electronic Monitoring Might Be Worse Than Jail Time
Beyond the cyclical criminalization that the device provokes, its rules and circumstances clash with the infrastructure of the teenage mind.
Five Studies: Mental Health Courts Are Finding Their Footing
Can judges work with psychiatrists to help solve mass incarceration?
What Mental Health Courts Are Teaching Us About Rehabilitation
An early look at a Pacific Standard story that's currently only available to subscribers.
The Vicious, Traumatizing Cycle of Parental Incarceration
Parental incarceration can lead to serious health and behavioral problems for children, in both youth and adulthood.
How America's Prison System Punishes Women and Families
A new report counts the costs that women, children, and families bear when a loved one gets incarcerated.