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Locked In, Priced Out

Pages of commissary lists are layered on top of each other in front of a black background

Locked In, Priced Out is The Appeal’s investigation into prison commissary prices across the country that uncovered an exploitative, inconsistent system.

The project includes a first-of-its-kind database of prison commissary lists from nearly every state. It also examines the availability, prices, and markups of products.

Reporters: Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg and Ethan Corey
Story Editors: Tara Francis Chan and Jerry Iannelli
Fact Checker: Ethan Corey
Copy Editor: Nick Wing
Visualization Developer: Ethan Corey
Illustrations: Tara Francis Chan
General Counsel: Molly Greene
Project Manager: Tara Francis Chan