The Marshall Project
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Earning enough money from a prison job is nearly impossible: The average prison wage maxes out at 52 cents/hour, per @ACLU , and many people make pennies per hour. That means that basics, like a $3 tube of toothpaste, can take days of work to afford — if you’re paid at all — as our 2022 report shows.
Playing Dungeons & Dragons is more difficult behind bars than almost anywhere else. Still, people facing execution go to great lengths to play and find an escape from their extreme isolation. Players can’t look up the game rules online, and book manuals and dice are often banned. #dungeonsanddragons #dnd #rpg #boardgames #games
If it feels like U.S. mass shootings have become more frequent, that intuition is correct, according to a Marshall Project data analysis. Mass shootings account for just a fraction of all firearm fatalities in the nation, where gun violence claims the lives of about 132 people every day. #lewiston #maine
Hundreds of people who used dr*gs while pregnant have faced criminal charges, even after delivering healthy babies, in these four states. This tactic is a significant shift toward criminalizing pregnant and birthing people. In most other states, if a pregnant person is suspected of using dr*gs, the case could be referred to a child welfare agency, but not police or prosecutors.