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Barbed wire

After extensive lobbying, the private probation industry is poised to wield ever more power over Georgia’s debtors.

Jail

Ryan Holle, who has no prior record, is currently serving his eleventh year of a life sentence. 

Most states shut down their debtors’ prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.

Yaoundé Prison

Anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda provoke outrage in the US—but Cameroon has quietly been locking up LGBT people for years with little international notice.

Kenneth Bae

Resolving this injustice could open doors for diplomacy between the US and North Korea. 

Guantánamo Bay

Prominent lawyers from Obama's home state of Illinois urge the president to shutter the infamous, illegal prison. 

A civil rights attorney reports from the belly of the post-9/11 justice system. 

Guantánamo protest

Waterboarding may have ended, but the US continues to torture terrorism suspects in American prisons.

How Bill de Blasio can help solve the twin problems of over-policing and under-educating in one swoop

Blogs

Texas consistently has some of the highest national rates of prison rape.

April 2, 2014

Jerome Murdough was found dead in a Rikers Island jail cell after it had reached temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

March 20, 2014

The proposal would reduce sentences for nonviolent drug traffickers by about a year.

March 13, 2014

You won’t believe what some leading conservatives had to say about criminal justice reform this week—because they were actually right. 

March 7, 2014

The unlikely allies are leading a push to reform sentencing guidelines for nonviolent drug offenders.

March 4, 2014

Solitary Watch reports that eight to nine prisoners are taking part in the strike, held at the federal government’s highest-security prison.

February 27, 2014

The agreement also includes a ban on the use of solitary confinement to discipline pregnant inmates.

February 19, 2014

They are using their fame, however sudden and unexpected, to champion prison reform in Russia, the United States and around the world.

February 11, 2014

Human Rights Watch finds that private probation companies are fostering a new form of debtors’ prisons.

February 6, 2014