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This European City’s Number One Restaurant Is Staffed Entirely By Prisoners

For the finest dining in Cardiff, go directly to jail.

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Fans of Orange Is the New Black likely remember cringing during a particularly awkward episode of the breakout Netflix prison series, in which inmates of the fictional Litchfield penitentiary engage in a mock job fair, in order to prepare themselves for life after incarceration. It’s an episode played both for laughs, and ultimately, poignancy, as we come to understand just how out of sync the penal system’s idea of vocational training is with both the world outside the prison’s walls, and the characters within. The episode is, of course, fiction, but not necessarily that far removed from the reality seen by show creator Piper Kerman, a former inmate herself.

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Pictures Inside Prisons

This month there are two amazing new photo stories by Matt Rainwaters (probably best known for his awesome portfolio of outrageous beards)...

This month there are two amazing new photo stories by Matt Rainwaters (probably best known for his awesome portfolio of outrageous beards) documenting prison life. The two series-one about a five-time prison escape artist, the other about a woman who stabbed her husband 193 times-show two very different versions of the prison experience, and are both unpredictable in exactly the way good photography should be.The former was for Esquire U.K., the latter for Texas Monthly (the accompanying story is well worth a read). You can see what Rainwaters had to say about the photos here, and see more of them, under the header "Offender," here.

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Jailbirds

There are currently more than 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States. What does that look like, exactly? That's equivalent to...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMXjmHXroEYThere are currently more than 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States. What does that look like, exactly? That's equivalent to putting the combined populations of Miami, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis behind bars. Why is our penal system broken? How do we stack up against other countries? We take a closer look at prisons in our latest Transparency.LEARN MOREThe Sentencing Project; The Pew Charitable Trusts; The U.S. Department of Justice; The Prison Policy Initiative

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