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There are over two million men and women incarcerated in the United States and most cannot afford to call their families. 

California petition

The death of Billy “Guero” Sell will not be the last, warn advocates for prisoners refusing to eat or work.

Guantanamo Protest

Aamer, the last British resident still imprisoned at Guantánamo, has faced ongoing retaliation for speaking out against his detention. Now The Nation has evidence that he may be sent to Saudi Arabia.

Americans With Disabilities Act

For inmates with disabilities who are routinely denied their mental or physical needs, incarceration can be a nightmarish fight for survival.

Pelican Bay State Prison

The strikers are calling for an end to long-term solitary confinement and better prison conditions.

Guantanamo Protest

How to pre-convict and pre-punish an American Muslim.

California prison overcrowding

Following a landmark court ruling, the state is on deadline to release tens of thousands of people from prison. Is it succeeding?

Guantanamo protest

As the hunger strike approaches its 100th day on May 17, 100 prisoners are refusing food.

US-Mexico border

With huge profits at stake, CCA and the Geo Group are pushing discreetly for enforcement-heavy immigration reform.

By providing free instruments, we use music to help rehabilitate prison inmates.

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