prison

Pretense, Prison and the Free World

Corrections authorities believe encouraging “family-friendly” events inside penal institutions will motivate prisoners to change their behavior when they are released. But this is wishful thinking unless there’s better social support for reentry, writes an inmate at a Washington State penitentiary.

Starting Over: ‘So Many People Want You to Succeed’

A program launched this year by the Illinois Department of Corrections transfers inmates with less than four years remaining on their sentence to a facility that provides life-skills training and job counseling. The sense of hope among participants is hard to miss, says a reporter who attended a recent “Day with Dad” weekend at the Kewanee Re-Entry Center.

Breaking Good: How to Heal a Life Spent Behind Bars

Most prisoners on the verge of release focus on how to get back on their feet. But finding ways to contribute to the community matters much more—and ensures that they will never return to prison, writes a Washington State inmate as he awaits the outcome of his parole hearing.

Do ‘Ban The Box’ Laws Hurt More Than Help?

Studies have found that black men, even those without a criminal history, are less likely to get called back or hired after a ban the box law is enacted. Researchers suspect that employers who can’t ask about criminal backgrounds preemptively weed out young black men, who disproportionately have criminal records.