That Night, It Never Ends: A Story of Life With or Without Parole

Denied parole, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence challenged Rhode Island’s state parole laws, claiming they should have considered his age as a mitigating factor, and that he should now be offered parole. His case raises many questions: Shouldn’t the people convicted as children be offered parole as conscientious adults? Is it really fair to charge juvenile offenders as adults? Here’s a portrait of what rehabilitation looks like.

Published: Jun 28, 2018
Length: 36 minutes (9,190 words)

Sanctuary

After nearly thirty years building a life in Arizona, one man of Mexican descent takes refuge in a Phoenix church that’s part of the New Sanctuary Movement, which offers protection to undocumented migrants threatened by deportation. Quitting his job, not seeing his children, limited travel ─ this is what it looks like to live in fear of losing everything.

Published: Mar 6, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,632 words)

The Life Sentence of Dicky Joe Jackson and His Family

In order to pay for his son Cole’s life-saving surgery, he transported meth. But he got caught. Eighteen years later, his family, and the man who prosecuted him, are still working to set him free.

Jackson married his wife Yvonne in 1979 and they had three children, April, Jon, and Cole. Cole was born in 1990 with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, a rare and potentially life-threatening immunodeficiency disorder characterized by a reduced ability to form blood clots. It almost always affects boys. Treatments include bone marrow transplantation, transfusions of red blood cells, and the use of antibiotics.

About the same time, the Jacksons lost their health insurance when an automatic deduction of the monthly fee did not clear the family’s bank account. The Jacksons sued but the case dragged on for years.

Published: Apr 15, 2014
Length: 30 minutes (7,710 words)

Backyard Battlefields

A look at how residents in Arkansas are dealing with the health implications of drilling for natural gas in their communities:

“Keith didn’t want to think about Iraq, but the tankers and water trucks reminded him of the vehicles he’d seen in Iraq’s oil fields. In Iraq, if an eighteen-wheeler pulled up on him, it either backed off or got blown away.

“Tracy had headaches for the entire month of August 2010. Skin lesions and blisters broke out on her back. Her lymph nodes swelled to golf-ball size, she says. Her doctor gave her antibiotics and topical creams, but nothing worked. Keith developed nosebleeds; he’d never had them before. His nose would start running and there would be blood.

“A month before the big quake, Tracy blacked out and fell down the stairs. She tore a tendon and chipped a bone in her left ankle. The bone refused to heal. Her doctor didn’t know why.”

Source: Oxford American
Published: Aug 27, 2012
Length: 17 minutes (4,364 words)

Abusive Afghan Husbands Want This Woman Dead

For Afghan women, self-immolation has become a way to externalize private injustice, to push hidden pain into the public square. They are expressing a demand for human rights in a culture that does not allow them to articulate that wish. As chief prosecutor, Maria Bashir has sought to help women voice their grievances in the courts instead of by the gas can.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Feb 8, 2011
Length: 17 minutes (4,334 words)

By Bread Alone

Some Pakistanis have begun blaming Afghan immigrants for bringing “their” war into Pakistan—one Afghan baker’s story of harassment, corruption, and exile.

Published: Jul 1, 2010
Length: 15 minutes (3,954 words)