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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.

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.

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