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.

Walk in Our Shoes

Personal stories from incarcerated residents from across the United States

Dispatches from Inside

Personal narratives on life “behind the wall”

Reform Debate

Perspectives on social reform

Walk in Our Shoes

Writing Sets Me Free!

Man in dreadlocks

Walk in Our Shoes

The Life of an Incarcerated Black, Gay Male

Man in turtleneck

Reform Debate

BOP: You Can't Punish Away Risk

series of "do not" icons

Dispatches from Inside

When We Look in the Mirror

Outline of face with features pixelated out

Reform Debate

When Have I Paid My Debts?

chains breaking and free birds that flies away at sunset

Dispatches from Inside

When the Body Becomes a Battleground

An X-ray of the torso of a human body, with the intestines highlighted

Walk in Our Shoes

The ‘Social-Engineered Thug’

Man with tank top, tattooed arms, beard, sunglasses and a baseball cap

Reform Debate

Tough on Crime Means Tough on People

Profile of a man behind jail bars, with words written on his form, including "lonely" and "discarded"

Dispatches from Inside

A Different Kind of Prison Escape

Beams of laser light

Dispatches from Inside

Therapy by Weightlifting

One man, weightlifting training on bench press