Photo by Nicholas Cardot via Flickr

When a Sibling Goes to Prison

Thousands of young people are sent to prison every day, leaving behind scores of brothers and sisters whom researchers call the “most often overlooked” family members of adjudicated youth. These non-offending siblings often suffer high levels of emotional stress, but so far they’ve been paid scant attention.

Bobby Boyer speaks about his addiction struggle.

‘When You Start Using, Your Mentality Stops’

A juvenile addict finally puts himself on the path to a healthy life. But it took 10 years—and pro-active probation officers to get there. A series by a Pennsylvania journalist explores the role of drug courts in helping others like him.

tucker-and-dad

Captive Lives: The ‘Invisible Victims’ of Incarceration

Some 10 million U.S. children have parents who are incarcerated. These innocent youngsters, studies indicate, face long odds of success in life. But, as a San Francisco Chronicle investigation shows, efforts to help them are growing.

Defense attorney Keith Halpern (back to camera) hugs Lee Chiero’s sister after Chiero was found not guilty by reason of insanity. (Photo by Ken McGagh/Metrowest Daily News)

Families in Fear

Few have paid a higher price for the nation’s mental health crisis than the loved ones of severely mentally ill people.

Benjamin Desi Lopez shows a map of Victoria with pins pointing where he has covered graffiti. (Photo by Jaime R. Carrero/Victoria Advocate)

Minds That (Should) Matter

The downsizing of mental health treatment in the U.S. often makes jail the only option for troubled individuals. Families and caregivers in one small Texas community struggle with the consequences.

Video still from "Modern Slavery in Louisiana." /(Video by Lex Talamo

Sex Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery

Louisiana has some of the nation’s harshest penalties for sex traffickers and buyers. But it hasn’t ended a grisly trade that ensnares girls as young as nine years old.