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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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Texas consistently has some of the highest national rates of prison rape.

April 2, 2014

Jerome Murdough was found dead in a Rikers Island jail cell after it had reached temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

March 20, 2014

The proposal would reduce sentences for nonviolent drug traffickers by about a year.

March 13, 2014

You won’t believe what some leading conservatives had to say about criminal justice reform this week—because they were actually right. 

March 7, 2014

The unlikely allies are leading a push to reform sentencing guidelines for nonviolent drug offenders.

March 4, 2014

Solitary Watch reports that eight to nine prisoners are taking part in the strike, held at the federal government’s highest-security prison.

February 27, 2014

The agreement also includes a ban on the use of solitary confinement to discipline pregnant inmates.

February 19, 2014

They are using their fame, however sudden and unexpected, to champion prison reform in Russia, the United States and around the world.

February 11, 2014

Human Rights Watch finds that private probation companies are fostering a new form of debtors’ prisons.

February 6, 2014