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Commentary: Two years after a detainee’s suicide, conditions in Georgia’s immigrant detention centers haven’t improved

"It is vital to the well-being and the rights of all individuals currently detained at immigration centers across the United States that the U.S. government be held accountable for these abhorrent conditions." Project South legal and advocacy director Azadeh Shahshahani and University of Pennsylvania law students Alicia Harte and Olivia Daniels penned this commentary on the state of conditions at two of Georgia's immigration detention centers.
Julia Mahood

At Georgia’s Arrendale State Prison, women inmates forge a bond by keeping bees

Master beekeeper Julia Mahood’s is the first female class in a statewide inmate beekeeping program that began in 2012. Now entering its third year, the facility’s beekeeping program is 25 women strong and provides students both a sense of community on the inside and the skills to start a career upon release.
Robby Ivy

Street Saviors: How Atlanta is helping—not jailing—the homeless, mentally ill, and addicted

Robby Ivy is “care navigator” for Atlanta's Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative, a program has created an unlikely alliance between police officers and criminal justice activists. Together, they’re trying to answer a key question: Can helping the addicted, mentally ill, and homeless instead of hauling them to jail make Atlanta safer?

Will the prisoners who labored to build Atlanta ever be acknowledged?

At its turn-of-the-century peak, Chattahoochee Brick produced up to 300,000 bricks daily, playing a crucial role in the postwar rebuilding of Atlanta. Many Southern farms, mines, and factories thrived on forced convict labor, and Chattahoochee Brick was no exception.
Emmett Bass

After he escaped prison, Emmett Bass spent 27 years on the run

Emmett Bass is a gambling man. In 1975 he and another man were arrested in Henry County for armed robbery of a package store. Bass was convicted and given a 15-year sentence. Three years later, on April 3, 1978, Bass was on a work detail near Highway 16 in Griffin when he went to relieve himself in the trees. Instead of returning to where his fellow inmates were cleaning ditches in the hot sun, he continued deeper into the woods.

Motherhood Beyond Bars aids new moms, moms-to-be in Georgia prisons

Being pregnant and in prison is a heartbreakingly bad combination. Bethany Kotlar is trying to improve the situation for moms and moms-to-be in Georgia's lockups.

Atlanta Must Reads for the Week: Future, Perdue’s happier chickens, and an escaped Georgia convict

The best stories each week about Atlanta, from Atlanta-based writers, and beyond.

After unexpected parole, transgender inmate Ashley Diamond picks up the pieces of her life

“I represent the everyday transgender person,” Diamond said. “I want people to recognize that I’m human.”

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