2.3 million people behind bars. How to stop wasting lives and money. Sarah van Gelder introduces the Summer issue of YES! Magazine, “Beyond Prisons.”
Seattle’s ex-police chief now fights to end the war on drugs.
How a grieving mother put compassion before vengeance, and found closure along the way.
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?
The American problem with mass incarceration is less about crime than it is about how—and who—we lock up.
My brother and I don’t always agree, but I defend his innocence, and I’ll never walk out on him again.
Video: Can prisons save money and the environment while changing lives?
Locked up for life, prisoner poet Spoon Jackson discovered life as a "melody that flowed like free verse."
“I was overjoyed when I got my voter registration card. I was a real citizen!” Ex-offenders on reclaiming the human right to vote.
Amy Goodman talks to legal scholar Michelle Alexander about the new American caste system.
Photographs give a voice to our nation's wrongfully convicted.
Personal stories of life beyond bars.
YES! Magazine’s summer issue will grapple with how to solve the U.S.’s prison problem. Here's a look at what we’re planning—and a chance to share your ideas.
A unique program in Washington state allows mothers incarcerated for nonviolence crimes to care for their newborns.
How today's criminal justice system takes up where slavery and segregation left off