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What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some... see more

This site presents comprehensive information regarding the death penalty, indiviudal state laws concerning the death... see more

This NPR site contains a 22 minute radio program from All Things Considered, regarding John, a 22 year old inmate. One... see more

In a study published in POLS Medicine (an peer-reviewed open-access journal) in April by the Public Library of Science,... see more

The correctional landscape varies dramatically in scale, policy and practice from state to state. The Pew Center on the... see more

This page is designed as a tool for learning. The goal is to provide information that empowers site visitors who are... see more

This site contains information about the problems related to the release of the mentally ill from correctional facilities... see more

This site contains both a radio broadcast and a written transcript of a program that explores the issue of the mentally... see more

This virtual tour of a prison will give you a chance to see what happens when a man, woman or young offender is sent to... see more

The Execution Tapes is an hour-long public radio special hosted by Ray Suarez featuring excerpts of recordings made in... see more

The Throughcare Map is a guide for social workers, prison staff and others working with offenders in the provision of a... see more

The U.S. is one of the very few countries in the world that allows children under eighteen to be prosecuted as adults and... see more

Witness to an Execution tells the stories of the men and women involved with the execution of deathrow inmates at the... see more

The organization, 360 degrees, has been collecting the stories of inmates, correctional officers, lawyers, judges, parole... see more

The Jail Inferno, by Heather MacDonald and published in the City Journal, provides a unique view of American jails and... see more

This is a complete curricula that has been designed to teach high school students about the death penalty, but could also... see more

This is a two film series from Frontline. The first film, Solitary Nation, looks at the growing use of solitary... see more

The Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, holds more than five-thousand prisoners, mostly African Americans. In the... see more

This is a textbook that is offered by Amazon for reading on a Kindle.  Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a... see more

Many young people in South Carolina have better access to mental health care in juvenile jail than they do outside the... see more

For two days in December 1998, thoughtful leaders and innovators in probation and parole gathered for a strategic... see more

This site is from a 22 minute program on All Things Considered, entitled Prison Diaries. There are interviews with... see more

Does prison work and what purpose does it serve? This unit allows you to listen to a discussion surrounding the purpose... see more

American RadioWorks Correspondent John Biewen examines one case that illustrates the difficulties of claiming legal... see more