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Terrorists on Trial

Hundreds of "enemy combatants" continue to be held in U.S. custody at Guantánamo Bay and possibly other secret U.S. prisons overseas. Despite a raft of Supreme...

Time Essay: U.S. Prisons: Myth vs. Mayhem

In the endless effort to cope with one of the world's higher crime rates, the U.S. has long sent more people to prison for longer terms than any other...

Science: Sex in the Calabozo

Mexico's custom of letting male prisoners have occasional visitas conjugates with their wives (or other women) was recommended for U.S. prisons last week by...

A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 27, 1971

TROUBLED by the worsening crisis in the U.S. penal system, we sent correspondents to visit penitentiaries across the country nine months ago. Our Jan. 18 cover...

Why Gitmo Will Never Close

President Obama wants to shut down the controversial prison but not the policies it has come to represent.

Our Bulging Prisons

In Georgia, one of 42 states where prisons are under court order to reduce overcrowding, correctional officials resort to a kind of risky triage, releasing less...

What Are Prisons For?

Even U.S. prisons were supposed to be part of the New World's promised land. The first American prisons would not merely punish inmates, but transform them...

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