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‘You’ve Got Masks: Stop Complaining’

Everyone agrees that inmates and corrections officers alike should protect themselves with masks and other precautions against the spread of coronavirus. But it doesn’t always work that way.

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Hostages Behind Bars: Why COVID-19 Fuels Tension in Prisons

Correctional facilities around the U.S. have experienced unrest among inmates angry over what they perceive is a lack of concern for their safety. A Washington state inmate says the pandemic exposes society’s deep-rooted fears and prejudices towards the incarcerated.

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COVID-19 Prison Dilemma: Is Security More Important Than Health?

The national health crisis has put prisoners and correctional officers equally at risk. That offers a rare opportunity to work together for everyone’s safety—even if it means rethinking traditional  security concerns, writes a Washington state inmate.

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Can COVID-19 Force Us to Take Criminal Justice Reform Seriously?

Prisoners in Washington State have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee and state corrections chief Steven Sinclair asking for the release of elderly inmates to halt the spread of the coronavirus. This and similar actions elsewhere are adding long-needed momentum to the movement to reduce mass incarceration, writes an inmate.

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‘The Extraordinary Ordinary Prisoner’

Jeremiah Bourgeois was convicted of murder at age 14, with every expectation he would spend the remainder of his life in prison. A collection of his writings for The Crime Report, published by Amazon this month, tells an extraordinary story of how one man found a path back to redemption—and freedom— after spending 27 years inside America’s carceral state.