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Patrick Stephens, a formerly incarcerated writer, explains how arbitrary, byzantine, and punitive visiting rules tear apart the families of the incarcerated—especially after the pandemic.
States like California, New York, and Arizona have relied on prisoners to continue working, with little pay and in precarious conditions, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Court challenges and a sweeping reform bill are offering hope to men trapped in isolation for decades.
The technology also allows authorities to mine call databases and cross-reference the voices of individuals prisoners have spoken with.