Tech Behind Bars

What can social media do for you when you’re in the clink?

  1. Inside The Prison System's Illicit Digital World

    Inmates technically aren’t permitted to have cell phones. But social media services are chock full of posts made from inside.

  2. After Years Behind Bars, Can Prisoners Re-Enter A Digital World?

    Prisoners emerge not being familiar with smartphones, Spotify, and all sorts of ways that technology now governs how we live and work.

  3. Can Technology and Prisons Get Along?

    A pilot program will allow prisoners to access an intranet on tablets they rent with their commissary accounts. Will it help?

American Fare

A prison cook reflects on her daughter as she prepares a prisoner's last meal.

"See what I mean? Fussiness knows no bounds. Not even for inmates. We don’t serve shit-on-a-shingle, but sometimes you’d never believe it. Last week Brenda and me whipped up fifteen pans of German chocolate cake and don’t you know some idiot come up to Brenda complaining about the “presentation,” said his mama always made German chocolate cake in two layers, not in a sheet pan. Everybody’s a critic."