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William Stuntz

A lack of local democracy and equal protection has led to the collapse of the American criminal justice system.

A detainee at Guantánamo Bay

With Obama's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the prison becomes a permanent fixture.

Communication Management Units, the highly restrictive prisons holding mostly Arab and Muslim men, continue to operate outside the law, with no oversight.

Gitmo in the present millennium is no departure at all from the American tradition in Guantánamo Bay.

The longtime criminal justice reformer believes the city can improve public safety through smarter spending on social services.

As prisoners in California resume their hunger strike, it’s important to consider what legal strategies might end the cruel practice of long-term solitary confinement.

Forty years after Attica, the US prison population is ten times larger.

When inmates at Attica took over the prison in September of 1971, they were fighting for their basic rights. But their demands were ultimately met with tear gas and bullets.

When inmates at Attica took over the prison in September of 1971, they were fighting for their basic rights. But their demands were ultimately met with tear gas and bullets.

Despite Obama's claims that closing Guantanamo would take priority on his agenda as president, infamous Bush-era policies have quietly expanded under his administration. 

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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