Hidden in a SuitcaseNovember 2015
In search of the mother who gave her up for adoption, the author finds six siblings instead. Decades later, she contemplates the drug addiction that cost many of them their lives.
The TigerApril 2015
A Burmese poet and activist revisits the years of his incarceration, while urging change in a country that does not yet feel free.
Maya Schenwar: Your Home Is Your PrisonJanuary 2015
How to lock down your neighborhood, your country, and you.
Cecily McMillan: Playing With FireSeptember 2014
Nika Knight interviews the Occupy activist about her time in Rikers, the roots of her politics, and her upcoming trial.
Sarah Shourd: Torture Chambers of the MindSeptember 2014
We think using harsh prison punishment makes us safer. It doesn’t.
Amy Butcher: Why It’s Called A Life SentenceSeptember 2014
Kevin became interesting only after the night he walked me home, committed his crime, and called the police.
Prison Journal of a Child BrideAugust 2014
At times I wonder whether they considered me a human being or a lamb to sacrifice for their own good.
Jessica Pishko: The News from San Quentin, Part 2January 2014
Free Expression: Crime and punishment and “disapproved content.”
Jessica Pishko: The News From San Quentin, Part 1January 2014
Free Expression: A paper in the hands of every inmate.
Joaquin Sapien: Guards May Be Responsible for Half of Prison Sexual AssaultsJanuary 2014
Prosecution is rare in sexual assault cases involving correctional officers.
Joaquin Sapien: Guarded OptimismJanuary 2014
Examining the factors that contribute to sexual victimization in American prisons.
Christopher Meyers: Letter to My GrandnephewDecember 2013
Flash Fiction from PEN's Prison Writing Contest: I have written 721 pages of letters to you. The paper I write letters to you on is 8' x 10.5'. I hate that.
Win Bassett: Prison ScratchingsNovember 2013
A former assistant district attorney reflects on the Day of the Imprisoned Writer and the intimacy of the handwritten word.
Daniel Alarcón: The Scar, Not the WoundOctober 2013
The novelist talks with Jamilah King about what it took to start over from scratch with his latest book, At Night We Walk in Circles.
Cora Currier: Gitmo Soldiers Get 9/11 LessonsAugust 2013
The U.S. military's lessons in recent history.
Christie Thompson: Stick’em in SolitaryAugust 2013
New York has promised help for mentally ill inmates, but still sticks many in solitary confinement.
Beyond the Binary Behind BarsJune 2013
The activist academic on the prison industrial military complex and its impact on women of color.
No Justice for AllJune 2013
Race and justice in America are inextricably linked.
Christie Thompson: Are California Prisons Punishing Inmates Based on Race?April 2013
Prison officials claim they need race-based methods to fight gang violence.
Sonallah Ibrahim: Notes from PrisonMarch 2013
An excerpt from the Egyptian novelist's prison journal, translated by Robyn Creswell.
Edmund Clark: Three Ideas of HomeJanuary 2013
In Guatanamo: If the Light Goes Out, a photographer explores life in, around, and after detainment.
The Longest Hunger StrikeJanuary 2013
American courts recognize rights to refuse life-saving treatment. So why won’t the State of Connecticut let William Coleman die?
Escape to AlcatrazDecember 2012
Notes on prison tourism.
Ted Conover: RehabMay 2012
The book New Jack: Guarding Sing Sing, has been banned at that prison since its publication, and so has its author—until now.
PairidaezaNovember 2011 “It will never stop, and it will always be necessary. What I did to you was necessary, and what you do to me is necessary.”
Listen to the BannedDecember 2010
Just in time for the holidays, a new CD compiles a who’s who of banned musicians from around the world.
Victoria KentBy Scott Hightower
A few of the prison reforms / you wrestled into implementation // in Madrid, will take root /
in the rest of the world