Sugar Land’s Bitter History
In the 1980s, Reginald Moore worked as a prison guard at the Jester State Prison Farm in Texas. The image of the black inmates working under a white overseer on the prison farms would haunt Moore, who is black himself, long after he retired, in 2003.
June 4, 2019
America’s Growing Gender Jail Gap
In the course of recent efforts to dismantle mass incarceration, a glaring fact has become clear: while today far fewer men are going to jail than before, the number of women getting incarcerated has stayed stubbornly high. And as a proportion of the US prison population, women are increasing.
May 7, 2019
The Fatal Ensnaring of Dan DePew
I first met Dan DePew at Ray Brook Federal Correctional Institution in upstate New York. In contrast to the monster of aggression painted by prosecutors, I came to see DePew as someone who’d always felt like a failure at masculinity, which loomed, grail-like and unattainable, in his psyche.
February 5, 2019