A Prisoner’s Death, 3,000 Miles From Home

No federal agency keeps an up-to-date tally of thousands of prisoners transferred every year under so-called interstate “corrections compacts.” That often makes it impossible to know what happens when something goes wrong, as a Honolulu Civil Beat investigation discovered.

‘Dear President Obama’

Letters by prison inmates to outgoing President Obama, written for The Beat Within prison writers workshop. One writer says, “You put ‘us’ on the map once and for all.”

Nation’s Prison Population Dropped 2 Percent in 2015

The national inmate total fell in 2015–the largest single year drop since the incarcerated population began declining in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, which also reported the lowest rate of U.S. adults (1 in 37) under correctional supervision since the high-crime era of 1994.