Christopher Havens came upon his love of math while in solitary confinement. A decade later, he published a paper on number theory in a top mathematics journal.
Being cooped up at home is of course far more manageable than being locked up behind bars. But people isolating due to COVID-19 are still forced to deal with some of the same problems.
Iran and Turkey have released large numbers of prisoners. Should other countries follow suit?
In the 1790s, penal reformers rebuilt America's squalid jails as airy, hygienic places meant to keep residents – and by extension society – healthy. Now they're hotbeds of COVID-19. What went wrong?
Releasing convicts amid the pandemic is not enough. The government should issue a law that provides alternatives to detention to avoid overcrowding.
Prison life is about routine: each day like the one before; each week like the one before it, so that the months and years blend into each other.
Gangs are still a significant reality in US prisons. But most inmates say that their power has been watered down, and they no longer rule facilities with an iron fist.
The effective response to crime has always been a matter of debate. But evidence is mounting in favour of treatment and support, rather than punishment.
Rapidly decreasing the prison population by letting people out is a public health imperative as governments for solutions to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This year's oversight report into the penitentiary system shows that long-standing problems have become entrenched in Canada's federal prisons.
Between 1983 and 2013, the number of immigrants detained in rural county jails has increased.
Governments must think very carefully before sacrificing the very human rights that give the state its identity and democracy.
Crime rates are down, but they were decreasing while imprisonment rates were increasing, so that doesn't really explain lower numbers in our prisons.
I know first-hand the need for a rehabilitative rather than punitive system.
Education for those behind bars is gaining more attention. In these four articles, scholars take an up-close look at efforts to provide – and restrict – higher education in prison.
A terrorism expert explains the legislation that led to the attacker's release.
Nearly two-thirds of incarcerated mothers have never received a visit from their children. A scholar who studies women in prison explains the barriers that families face and how they might be removed.
A scholar who has taught in prison weighs in on 'College Behind Bars,' which airs Nov. 25 and 26 on PBS. The documentary prompts viewers to consider the importance of higher education in prison.
And homelessness makes reoffending more likely.
As of Dec. 1, inmates in Canada’s federal prisons can no longer be legally held in solitary confinement. But is it truly just an exercise in rebranding?