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Jails and Prisons

Jails and Prisons news and analysis from The Nation

  • September 11, 2003

    Children Left Behind

    In his State of the Union speech this past January, President Bush appeared to make a compassionate gesture toward children with incarcerated parents when he proposed an initiative that would i

    Chesa Boudin

  • August 28, 2003

    Kathy Boudin’s Time

    Kathy Boudin’s parole from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility after twenty-two years is welcome and overdue.

    The Editors

  • July 31, 2003

    The Drug War Goes Up in Smoke

    A budget crisis and a prison boom make the states a vanguard for drug reform.

    Sasha Abramsky

  • February 13, 2003

    The Supermax Solution

    The billboard at the east entrance to the remote rural village of Tamms, Illinois, reads “Tamms: The First Super Max,” and below, in lowercase letters, “a good place to live.” Inmates at Tamms,

    Regan Good

  • December 23, 2002

    Innocent Abroad

    I went to a reception the other night to celebrate the efforts of a group called the Innocence Project, which provides legal assistance to prisoners for whom the technology of DNA testing may n

    Joyce Maynard


  • September 11, 2002

    A Cancer Grows

    Medical treatment in women’s prisons ranges from brutal to nonexistent.

    Cynthia Cooper

  • 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