US Correctional Populations
Source: Citizenship, Democracy, and the Civic Reintegration of Criminal Offenders

When Prisoners Come Home
Source: When prisoners come home: parole and prisoner reentry by Joan Petersilia

About Between the Bars

Between the Bars is a weblog platform for people in prison, through which the 1% of America which is behind bars can tell their stories. Since people in prison are routinely denied access to the Internet, we enable them to blog by scanning letters. We aim to provide a positive outlet for creativity, a tool to assist in the maintenance of social safety nets, an opportunity to forge connections between people inside and outside of prison, and a means to promote non-criminal identities and personal expression. We hope to improve prisoner's lives, and help to reduce recidivism.

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