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Jails and Prisons

Jails and Prisons news and analysis from The Nation

  • September 9, 2002

    Prison’s Shameful Secret

    Roderick Johnson, a 33-year-old African-American Navy veteran from a small town in rural Texas, didn't ask for it. Prison did it to him, and his life will never be the same.

    Silja J.A. Talvi

  • June 13, 2002

    The Shame of Prison Health

    Just-released inmates with infectious diseases need continuous treatment.

    Sasha Abramsky

  • January 3, 2002

  • June 28, 2001

    Death and Texas

    The state's justice system crushes poor people like Ernestina Rodriguez.

    JoAnn Wypijewski

  • September 25, 2000

    Hear No Evil, See No Evil

    To the Rehnquist Court, criminal justice is all too often a technical matter best left to the states.

    David Cole

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  • November 4, 1999

    California’s Gulag on Trial

    Welcome to Corcoran State Prison, 170 miles northwest of Los Angeles in the San Joaquin Valley; built at a cost of $271.9 million on what was once Tulare Lake, home of the Tachi Indians; opened i

    Alexander Cockburn

  • September 23, 1999

    Our Prison Complex

    This past winter both Edwin Meese and Gen. Barry McCaffrey expressed surprising misgivings about the current direction of the War on Drugs.

    Theodore Hamm

  • May 20, 1999

    CCA, the Sequel

    James Neal is a short, muscular man with close-cropped hair who has spent the past twelve years behind bars for armed robbery.

    Eric Bates

  • June 19, 1997

    The Adolescent Lockup

    Not so long ago politicians campaigned by kissing babies. Today, they lock children in jail.

    Bruce Shapiro