Slammed: The Coming Prison Meltdown

We’re locking up 1 in every 100 American adults—and going bankrupt in the process. Are there alternatives to a total meltdown? Inside America’s broken&#8212and broke—prison system.

Plus, 8 tips for surviving a stint in the pokey, a recipe for Nutraloaf, and everything else you wanted to know about about prison living but were afraid to ask.

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