As a chaplain and advocate for reform, Rabbi Rudolph Coffee brought Jewish services and kosher food to California prisons in the early 20th century
A holiday celebrating freedom is a good time to remember those who aren’t free
Most of the world learned about the extreme group after the Jersey City shooting. I met them as a Jew spending a decade in prison.
Rabbi Moshe has created an Indiana synagogue with 100 of his converts. Will other Jews accept them?
Seder plates and kosher meals are so popular behind bars some inmates convert just to get them
Tuskegee was hardly the last time American medical researchers used men in unethical experiments
A former Broadway publicist dedicates his life to helping ex-convicts find their way after prison
The 60-year-old convicted of spying for Israel lost consciousness in prison
A death row inmate filed suit that ‘kosher-like’ was not enough
My mother has corresponded with inmates for years, offering a sense of community—especially during the High Holidays
Convicted murderer and rapist also seeks $15,000 in punitive damages
Court says eligible inmates must get kosher meals—even if they’re not Jewish
Incarcerated since 2001, David Arenberg says he’s found a renewed sense of purpose—and a new connection to Judaism
Isolation didn’t help Jonah find redemption inside the whale. It isn’t helping thousands of American prisoners today, either.
Amateur chef Rafram Chaddad discovered the wonders of Libyan cuisine in an unlikely place: behind bars
A Jewish spiritual practice called Mussar offers hope and inner peace for women in an unlikely place: prison
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Obama plans a photo op, Russian inmates get sanctuary, and more in the news
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