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.

Blog: The strange case of prison phone calls

Feb 9, 2017
The simple phone call is caught up in economic, legal and prison reform battles.

New Jersey eliminates cash bail for people accused of some crimes

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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New documentary examines at-risk youth in US schools

Sep 12, 2016
The documentary follows a teacher reconnecting with his former student.
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Why ramen noodles replaced cigarettes as prison currency

Aug 22, 2016
The study of one correctional facility illustrates a prison system shaped by declining food services.
Packets of dried instant noodles have long replaced cigarettes as a preferred form of currency inside one U.S. prison.
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Ramen is fueling the underground labor market in prison

Aug 22, 2016
Low wages and rising prices of instant noodle packets mean prisoners taking on second jobs, according to one study.
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Private prisons on the way out

Aug 18, 2016
Justice Department to phase out federal contracts.
Condemned inmates sits in housing block at San Quentin State Prison's death row on August 15, 2016 in San Quentin, California. 
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Cutting prison hepatitis C rates: costly, but worth it?

May 4, 2016
17 percent of the prison population is positive for hepatitis C. Expensive new drugs could help.
An estimated 17,000 California prisoners have hepatitis C. At prisons like the California Men's Colony, new treatments have dramatically improved chances of survival.
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