Montana inmates learn job and life skills while raising cattle on prison ranch

Feb 7, 2018
But food coming from a prison isn't necessarily a selling point.
An inmate attaches milkers to cows' teats.
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In the fight against bail, a new group brings resources

Jan 19, 2018
Judges have long required people accused of crimes to pay bail. A new group called The Bail Project is seeking to bail lower-income people out of jails in cities across the country.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch says bail is necessary sometimes if somebody is a flight or safety risk. 
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When in prison, the costs are steep and the pay is close to nothing

Aug 21, 2017
Data compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative shows that the average incarcerated worker in state and federal prison now earns 86 cents per day, a 7 cent decrease from 2001 when inmates earned 93 cents for a day’s work.
A California State Prison-Solano inmate uses a hand tool to pack decomposed granite while installing a drought-tolerant garden in the prison yard in Vacaville, California. 
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Prisons try to curb addiction with a drug that heroin-proofs your brain

Jun 2, 2017
Inmates leaving Erie County Prison get a shot of Vivitrol before they are released.
Dennis Rodgers, 29, is serving a sentence in the Erie County Prison stemming from drug abuse. A candidate for Vivitrol, he says, “This is a good shot to be completely clean.”
Erika Beras

The cost of prison is more than just time served

May 19, 2017
There's an emotional and financial cost when a family member is incarcerated.
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How much does it cost to send someone to prison?

May 19, 2017
It's expensive for families as well as taxpayers.
A detention officer looks on as visitors use video phones to communicate with prisoners at an Arizona jail.

Susan Burton's fight to stop a cycle of 'institutional abuse'

May 9, 2017
After doing several stints herself, helping women transition out of prison is personal.
“Life has took me on a journey, and through much of that journey, I didn't feel whole, connected and grounded,” said Susan Burton.

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The cost of criminalizing disability

Sep 7, 2016
Who pays the price for a lack of community-based services?
An artist's portrayal of Kevin Matthews a mentally disabled man that was shot by police in Dearborn, Michigan.
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