Cover Photo: This photograph is of singer/songwriter Joan Baez, performing on stage while singing into a microphone and strumming her guitar. She looks serious and a spotlight accentuates her shining gray hair.
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Prison Visitation Isn’t Like the Movies

When my dad was incarcerated, I began noticing specific tropes that reinforce a cultural narrative about prison all around me.

Greatest Hits raze

a bad person does a bad thing and is locked away for years to protect the public

Top 100The Shawshank Redemption

An American MarriageThe New Jim Crow Just MercyThe Undoing Goodfellas

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The Night Ofresponsible

Let’s Go to PrisonThe Longest YardMadea Goes to JailGet Hard

Prison Life in Popular Culture

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Hope Corrigan is a writer covering criminal justice, gender issues, and books.