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Money makes all the difference in prison

by Bennett Purser May 23, 2019
It can't buy freedom, but it bought one inmate some life-improving phone calls.
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Japan’s prisons are holding more older inmates

by Ed Butler Feb 5, 2019
Japan’s population is aging rapidly. We’ve been looking into some of the ramifications of Japan’s aging population with our partners at the BBC. But living longer doesn’t necessarily mean living well. In Japan there is a bit of an old-age…
An entrance of Tokyo's Fuchu Prison, Japan's biggest male-only correctional house.
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Montana inmates learn job and life skills while raising cattle on prison ranch

by Eve Abrams 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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The Big Promise

Prisons try to curb addiction with a drug that heroin-proofs your brain

by Erika Beras 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

by Eliza Mills 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?

by Eliza Mills 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.
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The Big Book

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

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst 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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Blog: The strange case of prison phone calls

by Tony Wagner Feb 9, 2017
The simple phone call is caught up in economic, legal and prison reform battles.
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New Jersey eliminates cash bail for people accused of some crimes

by Marketplace Contributor Jan 9, 2017
A study in 2013 found that nearly 40 percent of people in New Jersey jails were only there because they could not afford to pay their bail.
A police station in Newark, New Jersey.
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Chart of the day: Education in prison

by Marketplace Staff Nov 15, 2016
More than half of prisoners in the U.S. don't have basic math skills.