What Next

A Rare Inside Look at a Private Prison

Reporters found weapons, drugs, and rampant violence.

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At a prison in southern Mississippi, guards can’t do basic population counts. They can’t keep cellphones, drugs, and weapons out of the building. They are at the mercy of gang leaders to control the inmates. Is this just what happens when you try to do corrections on the cheap?

Guests: Joseph Neff and Alysia Santo, staff writers for the Marshall Project. Read their story on Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.

Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.