The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, both in absolute numbers and on a per capita basis. Reveal Digital’s American Prison Newspapers collection is designed to elevate incarcerated voices and offer new breadth and depth to our understanding of prisons and imprisonment. On Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022, our own formerly incarcerated engagement editor Morgan Godvin joined interdisciplinary prison scholar Ashley Rubin for a conversation about this history of mass incarceration. The event, hosted and moderated by our friends at Knowable Magazine, is archived available to watch here.
We are actively seeking new content for the American Prison Newspapers project, please see our submissions guide. Here is a roundup of past stories we have published that can help explain various facets of the complex history of mass incarceration. We welcome reader feedback for coverage.
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January 19, 2022
A correctional officer’s history of 19th century prisons and modern-day parallels. From Sing Sing to suicide watch, torture treads a fine line.
March 4, 2015
While women's prisons historically emphasized the virtues of traditional femininity, the conditions of these prisons were abominable.
January 4, 2022
Buried within Adelante is evidence of a fleeting attempt at prison reform and oversight in Connecticut. Is history repeating itself?
September 22, 2021
This overlooked corner of the press provided news by and for people who were incarcerated. A newly available archive shows it worked hard to reach outside audiences too.
October 23, 2015
Is there an alternative to the punitive treatment of criminals? We look at the history of correctional education reforms within the American prison system.
September 28, 2020
A historian argues that it's time to look at the consequences of locking up millions of people over several decades.
March 14, 2021
A scandal at a Massachusetts women's prison marked a change in the construction of the "dangerous" female homosexual.
January 22, 2018
Black Muslims have been an influential force in the prisoners' rights movement and criminal justice reform as early as the World War II era.
March 3, 2020
Conventional wisdom says that Republicans don't want to give ex-felons voting rights because they'll end up voting for Democrats. But is this true?
May 15, 2017
If private prisons make their profit from criminal society, its goes against business sense to reduce criminality.
March 15, 2022
Join us Wednesday, March 23, for a free online event. Editor Morgan Godvin in conversation with penal historian Ashley Rubin.
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