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Motivational posters in Massachusetts prisons offer insight into incarceration

Motivational posters in Massachusetts prisons offer insight into incarceration

The severe, gray, concrete walls of prison sometimes give way to unexpected bursts of color and potential moments of inspiration. The Massachusetts Department of Correction revealed some of these in a recent public records release containing photographs of several motivational posters hanging on its prison walls.

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Deny, delay, release: Virginia DOC finally issues tampon ban memo

Deny, delay, release: Virginia DOC finally issues tampon ban memo

The Virginia Department of Corrections came under national scrutiny in September when visitors learned they would not be allowed to wear tampons or menstrual cups, citing them as an apparent contraband risk. A FOIA request for a more thorough explanation of the tampon ban - through policy documents and a log of contraband incidents alluded to in the Times - revealed a two-month wait of rejection, denial and, finally, the single-page document behind the ban.

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California inmates are ready year-round to combat fires

California inmates are ready year-round to combat fires

The agreement between California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection guides the responsibilities of the two state departments in their use of prisoners to prepare for and put out fires.

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How you can help MuckRock’s prison phone survey

How you can help MuckRock’s prison phone survey

MuckRock has asked hundreds of local correctional facilities for information related to their prison phone services. However, the terms of their agreements only provide part of the story. The more important elements come from you.

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You want to know: what’s next for the inmates who respond to emergencies?

You want to know: what’s next for the inmates who respond to emergencies?

Inspired by your feedback, we’re looking for any reports states’ Departments of Corrections might have on inmate firefighters post-incarceration employment.

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