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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.

A detainee at Guantánamo Bay

With Obama's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the prison becomes a permanent fixture.

Communication Management Units, the highly restrictive prisons holding mostly Arab and Muslim men, continue to operate outside the law, with no oversight.

Gitmo in the present millennium is no departure at all from the American tradition in Guantánamo Bay.

The longtime criminal justice reformer believes the city can improve public safety through smarter spending on social services.

Blogs

We’ve reached a point where desperate women who end their pregnancies before viability are being locked up.

March 30, 2015

It’s time for New York to change how minors are tried in the criminal justice system.

March 23, 2015

The uprising puts the spotlight on the cozy relationship between private prison corporations and the nation’s immigration enforcement machinery.

February 24, 2015

Momentum for criminal justice reform is growing. 

February 20, 2015

A new report offers the most extensive study of reproductive healthcare in a state prison system to date.

February 13, 2015

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