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How Prison Telecommunications Work

Prisons spy on inmates' telephone conversations to make sure the crooks aren't trafficking drugs or organizing gang riots from behind bars. But does this monitoring infringe on their rights?


How Did Elisa Lam End Up Dead in a Hotel Water Tank?

Canadian student Elisa Lam went missing in 2013 and the mystery surrounding her death captured national attention. So what really happened to this 21-year-old?

Women Have Been Vanishing for Decades on Canada's Highway of Tears

Who has been kidnapping and killing the indigenous women along Highway 16 in British Columbia?

Why Are Mandatory Minimum Sentences Popular Again?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to reinstate mandatory minimum prison sentences. But do they really deter future criminals, or do they proportionately affect certain groups instead?

Study Pinpoints Best Strategy to Address Past Crimes in a Job Interview

A new study examines how former offenders should — and should not — speak about a history of incarceration.

Can the Government Access Data on Electronic Devices in Checked Luggage?

The TSA can open your checked bags at an airport. But how deep can they dig into electronic devices they find inside?

How Solitary Confinement Works

The U.S. has thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement. But experts are now saying it does more harm than good.

Gun Violence Spreads Through Social Networks Like an Epidemic, Study Shows

According to new research, shootings pass from person to person like a contagious disease.

A Fire Hose May Stop a Riot. A Water Cannon Will

Should you ever find yourself in the middle of a protest, you're going to want to avoid being targeted by one of these 'less-lethal' weapons.

10 of the World's Most Prolific Serial Killers

Some serial killers have murdered more than 100 people. Who are these people, and why did they do it?

Ramen Replacing Smokes as Preferred Prison Currency?

Inmates have been using cigarettes as currency for more than a century in U.S. prisons. So what's behind the switch to ramen cups at one prison?