A hoarded baked potato appears to have been the source of botulism in some prison-made hooch.
October 5, 2012 An old baked potato added to a batch of homemade booze at a Utah prison apparently led to the second-largest botulism outbreak in the U.S. since 2006. Eight inmates were sickened, and a year after treatment most still report lingering symptoms.
June 18, 2012 Is the law a simple series of individual rules acting discretely on society? Or is it a complex web shaping our nation in unforeseen and destructive ways? Commentators Caryn Devins and Stuart Kauffman see trouble in our legal system.
November 23, 2011 Mug shot newspapers might be a new fad. But before photos went digital, prisoner portraits were thrust into drawers, many to be forgotten.
March 10, 2011 In the movies, prison guards aren't often seen as heroes. And that can mean their motivations are never examined. For a report by member station KALW's blog The Informant, a corrections officer at California's famous Pelican Bay Prison agreed to tell his story.
The mass produced honey bun offers a surprising look at life in prison.
January 13, 2011 Honey buns offer a microcosm of life in prison -- currency, violence, relationships, addiction. A recent story in the St. Petersburg Times offers a fascinating glimpse at the important role of a sweet snack in Florida prisons.
October 26, 2010 In today's first hour of Talk of the Nation: "elite," "extreme" and other political code words, and Sec. of Transportation Ray LaHood. In our second hour, aging in prison, and a mini political junkie.
September 26, 2007 What books should prisoners be allowed to read?
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