The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. With 2.2 million people behind bars, and millions more on probation or parole, 1 in 35 American adults is caught up in the prison system. AJ+ teamed up with The Marshall Project to examine why.
Singer Naima Shalhoub leads weekly music sessions with incarcerated women at a San Francisco County Jail. On May 5, she recorded her debut album Borderlands live at the jail. AJ+’s Dena Takruri caught up with Shalhoub to find out what the music means to the women and what insights she’s gained about the prison industrial complex in the U.S.