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Finally Free: Sobriety After 21 Years in Prison

By Seth Ferranti

Longtime Fix columnist Seth Ferranti is out of prison and writing from a halfway house. MORE  

Drug Dogs Could Soon Sniff Prison Visitors

By Seth Ferranti

Dogs could help keep drugs out of prisons. But will they also keep friends and family out? MORE  

What Long-Term Recovery Looks Like From Prison

By Seth Ferranti

Two decades into my sentence and one decade clean, I'm embarking on a drug program with 130 other men who are close to release. No one wants to come back here. But the route to recovery is harder behind bars. MORE  

Rikers Guard Sues Over "Debasing" Strip Search

By Seth Ferranti

Strip searches are routine for prisoners, but prison guards see it as a breach of rights. MORE  

Could Video Chatting Lead to Drug-Free Prisons?

By Seth Ferranti

Prison officials say "virtual visitation" could curb the flow of drugs inside. But at what cost to prisoners? MORE  

Mexican Drug Cartels Recruit in US Prisons

By Seth Ferranti

Prisons have become a "job fair" for aspiring drug traffickers, an inmate tells The Fix. MORE  

Prison's Booming Tobacco Market

By Seth Ferranti

A prisoner explains how inmates can make a killing selling tobacco for up to 120X its worth. MORE  

How to Deal Pot in Prison

By Seth Ferranti

ChapSticks play an important role in distributing weed behind bars, prisoners tell The Fix. MORE  

Smoking Pot in Prison

By Seth Ferranti

You have to be resourceful to light up behind bars these days. A prisoner tells The Fix how it's done. MORE  

Death of a Gambler

By Seth Ferranti

Gambling addiction is frequently lethal—in most cases through suicide. I spent years in a prison cell with a good friend who became another kind of victim. And I never saw it coming. MORE  

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