Froswa Booker-Drew (Antioch): Social Capital: Friend or Foe in the Lives of Two Prominent Incarcerated Individuals. Frank Rudy Cooper (Suffolk): We Are Always Already Imprisoned: Hyper-Incarceration and Black Male Identity Performance. The shame of three strikes laws: While Wall Street crooks walk, thousands sit in California prisons for life over crimes as trivial as stealing socks. How should inmates be released from prison? An assessment of parole versus fixed sentence regimes. From Mother Jones, a special report on America's 10 worst prisons. Nearly 1 in 100 Americans is incarcerated — but how well can journalists cover prisons if they can’t get past the gates? Andrew Cohen on one of the darkest periods in the history of American prisons: Recent lawsuits and Justice Department investigations have uncovered grotesque abuses of mentally ill inmates at state and local prisons — yet Washington refuses to investigate allegations of similar mistreatment at federal penitentiaries. From Vice, Bert Burykill on how there’s no sex in prison showers. Which is safer, city streets or prison? Nicola Twilley interviews Alyse Emdur, author of Prison Landscapes. Could fighting ex-con discrimination be a conservative cause? Alec MacGillis wonders.

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