Prisons

Stephen Tourlentes

Capturing the Haunting Lights of America's Prisons

One photographer spent 17 years visiting U.S. penitentiaries after dark. Here's what he found.

Josh Begley

The Eye-Opening Aerial Geography of U.S. Military Might

Fascinating patterns from overhead images of American military installations.

Midtown Community Court

A Court That's More About Problem-Solving Than Punishment

New York City's Midtown Community Court is a national model for a different approach to dispensing justice.

REUTERS

Why America Has a Mass Incarceration Problem, and Why Germany and the Netherlands Don't

What Europe can teach the U.S. about criminal justice. 

20TH CENTURY FOX

White Collar Criminals Don't Appear to Do Worse Behind Bars Than Any Other Type of Prisoner

A new study challenges what criminologists call the "special sensitivity hypothesis" of white collar offenders.

Reuters

What the Government Shutdown Will Look Like Where You Live

From national parks, to home loans, to the National Zoo in D.C., there will be a small, but noticeable, impact almost immediately. 

Shutterstock

The Dramatic Rise of Life Without Parole, in 3 Charts

1 in 9 American prisoners has been sentenced to die in jail.

REUTERS

Architects Are Part of the Prison Industrial Complex, Too

They're the invisible actors in America's carceral play. Should morality play a larger role in their work? 

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America Is Finally Closing Prisons. Now What Do We Do With Them?

The trickiest reuse challenge yet.

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Inside a German Prison That's Now An Artsy Hostel

Going to jail has never been so fun.

Crime Reduced, But at a Cost

Extending prison sentences can reduce recidivism, but it's also hugely expensive.

Greg Knobloch/Andreas Tjeldflaat

Wild Design of the Day: A Skyscraper Prison to Rehabilitate Jersey City's Convicts

Two University of Pennsylvania students designed this futuristic, arching prison meant to reduce recidivism rates in New Jersey.

Reuters

Are America's Prison Towns Doomed?

With the nation's incarceration rate steadily declining, small towns that bet big on prisons are finding themselves in a financial jam.