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Beyond prisons

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Breaking the cycle of crime and punishment.

Restoring Lives: Now That’s Justice Restoring Lives: Now That’s Justice
by Patrice Gaines
Forty years since prison, Patrice Gaines still fights to get free.
Ban the Box for a Fair Chance Ban the Box for a Fair Chance
by Aaron Tanaka
Breaking through "tough on crime" policies to give all Americans a chance at employment.
Think Outside the Bars Think Outside the Bars
by Michelle Alexander
Why real justice means fewer prisons.
Problem Child Problem Child
by Arthur Longworth
A conversation through the walls of solitary confinement.
Instead of Prison Instead of Prison
by Sarah van Gelder
2.3 million people behind bars. How to stop wasting lives and money.
Drug Warrior No More Drug Warrior No More
by Norm Stamper
Seattle's ex-police chief now fights to end the war on drugs.
The Night I Forgave My Daughter’s Killer The Night I Forgave My Daughter’s Killer
by Marietta Jaeger-Lane, as told to Lynsi Burton
How a grieving mother put compassion before vengeance, and found closure along the way.
Truth and Reconciliation in New York Truth and Reconciliation in New York
by David Kaczynski
Ex-offenders and families of victims ask, how can we resolve the tension between our need to protect society, and our desire to believe in human redemption?
Just the Facts: It's a Locking-People-Up Problem Just the Facts: It's a Locking-People-Up Problem
by Robert Mellinger, Doug Pibel
The American problem with mass incarceration is less about crime than it is about how—and who—we lock up.
The Locked Gate: Standing Up for My Brother, Troy Davis, on Death Row The Locked Gate: Standing Up for My Brother, Troy Davis, on Death Row
by Martina Davis-Correia, as told to Jen Marlowe
My brother and I don't always agree, but I defend his innocence, and I'll never walk out on him again.
Connecting Prisons With Nature Connecting Prisons With Nature
by Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele
Video: Can prisons save money and the environment while changing lives?
Life With Poetry, But No Parole Life With Poetry, But No Parole
by Spoon Jackson
Locked up for life, prisoner poet Spoon Jackson discovered life as a "melody that flowed like free verse."
My First Vote My First Vote
"I was overjoyed when I got my voter registration card. I was a real citizen!" Ex-offenders on reclaiming the human right to vote.
Photo Essay: The Innocents Photo Essay: The Innocents
Photographs give a voice to our nation's wrongfully convicted.
Voices of Compassion Voices of Compassion
Personal stories of life beyond bars.
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