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The era of "Lock 'em up and throw away the key" seems, slowly, to be drawing to a close.

Villagers and human rights officials accuse the United States military of torturing suspects in hidden detention centers.

Incarcerated women have achieved a string of victories against inhumane treatment in childbirth. But what about access to healthcare for all pregnant women in prison, not just those in labor?

It is manifestly barbarous that children should be tossed into jail for life.

Would Illinois rather keep an innocent man behind bars than admit a mistake?

Come out of the closet about your drug use; hire a formerly incarcerated person; vote for politicians who are smart on crime.

Will the recession bring the justice-system reforms that progressives have long supported?

Anne-Marie Cusac examines the punitive turn in the criminal justice system.

Economic necessity and shifting mores are changing the nation's approach to incarceration.

Life sentences without possibility of parole contribute to the ever-expanding gulag of our criminal justice system.

Blogs

Industrial rock band Skinny Puppy doesn't want its music to be used "as a weapon."

February 5, 2014

One of the country’s most visible conservative politicians has provided an opening to talk about one of the most pressing social justice issues of our time.

January 22, 2014

The transgender woman and activist served nineteen months of a forty-one-month sentence.

January 13, 2014

You just have to go to jail first. 

January 8, 2014

This Thursday, we’ll deliver a petition with over 28,000 signatures to the FCC. 

December 18, 2013

How a propaganda goof by Richard Nixon’s administration midwifed an urban legend that scarred American foreign policy and domestic politics for a generation.

December 3, 2013

A new ACLU report shows the staggering number of prisoners serving life without parole. In Louisiana, more than 90 percent are black.

November 13, 2013

Private prison companies like the Corrections Corporation of America already make millions locking up immigrants.

November 8, 2013

Thanks to the $14 billion commercial bail industry, we have two criminal justice systems: one for the rich and one for the rest of us.

October 15, 2013

In states that use Corizon to provide healthcare in their prisons, medical neglect and abuse run rampant. 

October 8, 2013