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College Behind Bars: How Educating Prisoners Pays Off

Ithaca, NY, where Cornell’s main campus is located, is less than an hour’s drive from four maximum-security state prisons for men. Proximity has led to a partnership among institutions of higher education, New YorkState and a philanthropic foundation that offers some of these men the chance to earn …

Prison Without Walls

Incarceration in America is a failure by almost any measure. But what if the prisons could be turned inside out, with convicts released into society under constant electronic surveillance? Radical though it may seem, early experiments suggest that such a science-fiction scenario might cut crime, …

America's 11 Most Powerful Prison Gangs

The drug war has caused the U.S. prison population to explode. Ironically, these groups fuel the drug trade from the inside.<p>We gathered information from the Department of Justice and gang expert and teacher Robert Walker to get an idea of who the baddest of the bad are.

Crime

White Prison Gangs' Menace Reaches Beyond the Walls

The arrest today of a white supremacist gang member in connection with the murder of Colorado's prisons chief has highlighted the emerging threat of …

Crime

How Powerful Are White Supremacist Prison Gangs?

Investigators are exploring a possible link between white supremacist prison gangs and the murders of law enforcement officers in Texas and Colorado. Host Michel Martin explores how these gangs operate in and outside of prison with NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL …

Philosophy in prison

Damon Horowitz teaches philosophy through the Prison University Project, bringing college-level classes to inmates of San Quentin State Prison. In …

The Norwegian prison where inmates are treated like people

The first clue that things are done very differently on Bastoy prison island, which lies a couple of miles off the coast in the Oslo fjord, 46 miles …

Slavery in US Prisons--Interview with Robert King & Terry Kupers

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Prison closures signal progress on youth rehabilitation

The announcement of prison closures across the UK has caused controversy, but it’s not all bad news, explains Caspar Walsh<p>As a kid I wandered through …