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Seven years after Katrina, poor people accused of crimes are being denied their right to counsel and left to languish behind bars.

What will Pennsylvania do with prisoners like Sharon Wiggins, who has been locked up for more than forty years for a crime she committed at 17?

How does having too many postage stamps in prison land you alone in a bathroom-sized cell, 23 hours each day for a month?

New York's Black Sites

As states like Mississippi reject solitary confinement, this “blue” state leads the nation in the use of “disciplinary segregation.” Or as prisoners call it: torture.

“Captured in Somalia in 2003, Suleiman Abdallah was one of the ‘disappeared’ prisoners of the ‘war on terror.’ When I finally found him years later, he was a broken man.”

A prisoner

A new database is being called the “Wikipedia of Innocence” for its unprecedented look at wrongful convictions.

Trina Garnett

Trina Garnett accidentally set a fatal fire when she was 14. That was in 1976. Could today’s Supreme Court ruling against juvenile life without parole finally bring her home?

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.

Blogs

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

Human rights groups are alarmed by the administration’s proposal to dramatically expand family detention for undocumented women and children.

September 30, 2014

A majority of Americans believe the criminal justice system is racially biased, but it takes more than an acknowledgement to dismantle the system.

September 24, 2014

The release of a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate has opened up a bipartisan conversation around punitive justice in North Carolina.

September 11, 2014

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