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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

Corrections Corporation of America

It has something to do with the $1.7 billion they made off the privatized incarceration industry just last year.

Detainees

But the private prison company GEO Group is making huge profits locking up immigrants who are often guilty only of the crime of being undocumented.

Blogs

The man who exposed the agency’s torture program bids farewell to prison and moves on with his life.

May 6, 2015

We’ve reached a point where desperate women who end their pregnancies before viability are being locked up.

March 30, 2015

It’s time for New York to change how minors are tried in the criminal justice system.

March 23, 2015

The uprising puts the spotlight on the cozy relationship between private prison corporations and the nation’s immigration enforcement machinery.

February 24, 2015

Momentum for criminal justice reform is growing. 

February 20, 2015

A new report offers the most extensive study of reproductive healthcare in a state prison system to date.

February 13, 2015

Criminal justice reform is one of those rare instances where moral decency, popular opinion and political incentives all align.

November 19, 2014

Prop 47 offers relief to Californians punished for low-level, nonviolent crimes of poverty, which means it could be especially beneficial for women caught up in the criminal justice system.

November 12, 2014

Too many questions remain about the death of Latandra Ellington.

October 23, 2014

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe on his documentary.  

October 14, 2014