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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. 

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, talks to Liliana Segura about the Supreme Court ruling on overcrowding in California prisons.

California's Prisons

The author of The New Jim Crow says that it will take a grassroots movement to tackle our country's addiction to mass incarceration.

New statistics on US crime released by the FBI reveal that crime has dropped significantly over the past few years while prison populations have exploded, putting huge strains on state budgets.

A new law to address systemic sexual violence behind bars still fails to protect the health and rights of women who are assaulted.

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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

Obama has so far granted fewer pardons than any modern US president.

April 21, 2014