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Why Do They Come Here?

Why Do They Come Here?

Mixing Volunteers And Cons. An ethnically mixed group of professionals files...

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Tools Of The Trade

Tools Of The Trade

The officer’s boots made irregular thuds as he walked down the cellblock...

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An Ounce Of Prevention

An Ounce Of Prevention

Early in the 19th century, prisoners in solitary confinement were placed in a...

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Wake Up And Smell The…

Wake Up And Smell The…

I was a bit surprised by the letters we received after my column regarding...

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No Summer Vacation

No Summer Vacation

Prisoner reception procedures are structured similarly in correctional...

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The Ultimate Prison Gang

The Ultimate Prison Gang

The most powerful prison gang, the one that has more influence on prison...

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Build It And They Will Come

Build It And They Will Come

In 2002, the combined prison and jail population in the US topped 2 million...

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How Do I Know You?

How Do I Know You?

Late one December afternoon while walking back from an NFL game, I took a...

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Three More From The Violent Six

Three More From The Violent Six

Editor’s Note: Part 2 of the prison gangs overview. It’s always good...

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Three From The Violent Six

Three From The Violent Six

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a 2-part overview of prison...

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Working On The Chain Gang

Working On The Chain Gang

Everyone’s familiar with the clink and cadence of prisoners performing hard...

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Pass The Pepper

Pass The Pepper

The US military began using chemical agents as weapons in 1918. Law...

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Road Trip

Road Trip

Prisoners love to go on the road. It’s a terrific opportunity for them to...

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Drug Smugglers Beware

Drug Smugglers Beware

Drug interdiction efforts in jails and prisons have increased, but methods of...