Explore Our Voices

Prison walls are erected not only to keep people in, but to prevent those on the outside from seeing the abuses of our carceral system. The inhumanity of what happens behind bars, as is reflected by these first-person accounts, is deliberately hidden from view in faraway prisons surrounded by high walls and double fences of razor wire. Few people other than those who are confined or work in prisons have a full view of how they operate. We’re out to change that.

We Are DC

Personal stories from incarcerated DC residents

Dispatches from Inside

Reports on prison conditions

Reform Debate

Perspectives on social reform

Dispatches from Inside

Hugs Are Vital to Human Health

Woman holding her hand up to the glass of a window that separates her from her loved one

Reform Debate

Redemption is Real

Flower sprouting from a rock

We Are DC

I Dream of Freedom

Dispatches from Inside

The Politics of TV in Federal Prison

TV screen with the words, "War Zone"