Editor's note

Approximately 2.3 million people are locked away in American prisons, and yet few average citizens have ever stepped inside one. Prison officials routinely deny access to journalists and limit family members’ visitations. Far too often, this lack of oversight leads to abuse and even the death of prisoners. It can also make prisons dangerous workplaces for employees. The University of Michigan’s Heather Ann Thompson – who won a Pulitzer Prize this year for her history of the Attica Prison uprising – explains why we should all demand more public access to prisons.

From our colleagues at The Conversation UK, we have analysis and commentary about Saturday’s terrorist atrocity in London.

And medical anthropologist Chelsey Kivland, recently diagnosed with cancer, asks whether our developed world plays a role in the increasing incidence of the disease: “The question should not be why did I get breast cancer, but why are we getting it.”

Emily Costello

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

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Inmates at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California in 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

What's hidden behind the walls of America's prisons

Heather Ann Thompson, University of Michigan

The University of Michigan's Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson explains why Americans must demand better access to the nation's prisons.

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  • Why taking down Confederate memorials is only a first step

    Joshua F.J. Inwood, Pennsylvania State University; Derek H. Alderman, University of Tennessee

    Monuments to the Confederacy in New Orleans and many other cities are problematic. But a mere erasure will not address the issues around racism and racial inequality.

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London Bridge attack coverage from The Conversation UK


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