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Prison labor as the past—and future—of American “free-market” capitalism.

Pennsylvania prison

A DOJ probe into the mental health program at a medium security prison could put solitary confinement on trial.

Handcuffed suspect

The Supreme Court—as well as the Obama administration—upholds the right of the world’s biggest jailer to strip everyone who comes into its grasp.

Tom Harkin

The Congressional Progressive Caucus and Senator Tom Harkin offer smart alternatives to the GOP's extremist agenda.

Arizona prison

State taxpayers have thrown away millions on shoddy facilities--and legislators think the solution is to bar them from oversight.

To its shame, the Obama administration continues to defend its role in the case of a jailed Yemeni journalist.

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.

Blogs

Inmates and activists unite to stop prisoner abuse at Rikers Island Prison.

August 14, 2014

Two years after the Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional, many states are still able to send children to die in prison without recourse.

June 25, 2014

Seventy-eight men who have been cleared for release remain in interminable detention. 

June 6, 2014

An ex-deputy testified in court about the culture of abuse pervading Los Angeles County jails.

June 4, 2014

A federal settlement to eliminate the use of seclusion on juvenile offenders is the first of its kind.

May 21, 2014

International organizations have said the seclusion of youth in custody amounts to torture.

May 15, 2014

Seventy percent of incarcerated women are mothers.

May 9, 2014

As reforms have caused incarceration rates to fall and the sky has not fallen with it, Americans are increasingly supportive of such measures. 

May 7, 2014

With coal not paying the bills, West Virginia has turned to prison construction.

April 21, 2014