El Chapo Is in Prison, but Mexican Drug Cartels Are Still Thriving
The flow of illicit drugs into the United States has not diminished since the drug lord's arrest.
California's Out-of-Date Jails Face Inmate Deaths and Construction Delays
New and improved facilities are a critical pillar of California's corrections transformation. But bureaucratic roadblocks, indifference from county sheriffs, and critical errors in planning by local officials have meant dozens of California jails remain broken and dangerous.
How Anti-Immigration Policies Are Leading Prisons to Lease Convicts as Field Laborers
Under lucrative arrangements, states are increasingly leasing prisoners to harvest food for American consumers at a rate not seen since Jim Crow.
A Brief History of California's Epic Journey Toward Prison Reform
Since 2006 the state has struggled to deal with a cascading series of problems with its prisons and is now undergoing its biggest transformation since 1851.
Will Artificial Intelligence Help Improve Prisons?
China and Hong Kong have started using tech to create "smart" prisons. Should the U.S. consider following their lead?
San Diego's Effort to Reduce Prison Overcrowding Is Hitting Some Snags
Proposition 47 was meant to prevent minor drug offenders from being incarcerated and instead funneled into treatment. Thus far the plan has seen mixed results.
For Incarcerated Hepatitis C Patients, Adequate Treatment Is Hard to Come By
Ninety-seven percent of prisoners with the disease are unable to access proper medical care in correctional facilities across the country.
How a Hurricane Led New Orleans to Change Its Approach to Criminal Justice
Hurricane Katrina forced policymakers in the city and state to fix not only some of the worst circumstances of incarceration, but also to prevent people from being held in dangerous conditions altogether.
Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from an interview about news consumption habits to a feature story on how gerrymandering amplified the interests of the right.
The Lede, Issue #39: Understanding Gerrymandering, Music in Prison, the Hipster Coffee Shop, and More
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If You're Worried About Free Speech, Stand Up for Prisoners
The shuttering of a prison debate club shows the precarious nature of free-speech rights among American inmates.
Grassroots Organizations Are Leading the Way on Criminal Justice Reform
Across the country, jails are often used as holding pens for people who can't afford to pay bail. Local groups are working to change that.
Since We Last Spoke: Fewer 'Get Out of Jail Free' Cards to Go Around
Updates to stories from the Pacific Standard archive.
Is America Making Progress in Curtailing Mass Incarceration?
According to a new report, while the overall number of inmates in the U.S. is declining, some states are still seeing their prison populations rise.
How Over-Incarceration Is Driving a Push for Criminal Justice Reform
A conversation with Jasmine Heiss from the Vera Institute of Justice about a recent poll that uncovers American's souring sentiment toward incarceration policy.
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.
La Esclavitud Moderna en la Fuerza Laboral en la Prisión de Estados Unidos
Este artículo explica los problemas laborales relacionados con el uso de presos como trabajadores extremadamente mal pagados en las prisiones estatales y federales.
Viewfinder: Protesters in Germany Push for a Jailed Journalist's Freedom
Supporters of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel demonstrate with heart-shaped balloons during a motorcade protest on February 14th, 2018, in Berlin, Germany.
Viewfinder: Prison Guards Protest in France to Demand More Security
A pile of tires burns as prison officers demonstrate in front of Villefranche-sur-Saône prison in Lyon, France, on January 15th, 2018.
The Troubling Practice of Turning Semi-Trailers Into Jails
Facing a shortage of space for inmates, Missouri's Greene County Jail opted to build an insta-prison in the parking lot. Is that OK?