(20.06.2017): When twisted justice stops prisoners from starting over

In U.S., men, women, children get caught in revolving door of incarceration at rate that exceeds nearly all other nations

The first in a series of multimedia projects that examine causes for recidivism in the American justice system.

After Casey Irwin, 37, was released from prison, she worked a string of low-wage jobs that made it nearly impossible for her to pay the rent or put food on the table for herself and her two kids. 

Irwin’s criminal record prevented her from getting affordable housing. She applied for higher-paying jobs, but her lack of education (she dropped out of high school) and history of incarceration limited her work options. Her husband was still in prison on the fraud charges that had gotten them both arrested.

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