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US Recidivism Rates Stay Sky High

A Bureau of Justice Statistics report presents a picture of an American prison system marred by recidivism. Nearly half of prisoners released in 2012, for instance, returned to prison within five years for a parole or probation violation or a new sentence.

The Zen of Prison Gardening

Amid rows of snap peas and summer squash, incarcerated gardeners in Oregon cultivate job skills, inner peace―and fresh produce for the prison cafeteria―in Lettuce Grow, a program that now serves 200 individuals a year. 


Global Prison Population Up 25 Percent Since 2000

A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found that 11.7 million people were incarcerated globally at the end of 2019 and one in every three prisoners worldwide are held without trial.