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Jail

Ryan Holle, who has no prior record, is currently serving his eleventh year of a life sentence. 

Stop and Frisk

The cases that passed through Manhattan’s US Southern District court tell the history of post-World War II America.

Edward Snowden

A plea bargain, that is—it’s time to make a deal.

Most states shut down their debtors’ prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.

Housing protest

International law can be a powerful advocacy tool for improving economic and social policy. 

CIA

As Senator Feinstein has revealed, the CIA will not only stall but even spy on Congress to impede its investigation of wrongdoing.

Sex worker

Villainizing sex workers won’t improve their lives. Basic labor rights will.

Yaoundé Prison

Anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda provoke outrage in the US—but Cameroon has quietly been locking up LGBT people for years with little international notice.

Robert MacLean

Robert MacLean, a US Air Marshal fired for allegedly leaking sensitive government documents, is just trying to get his job back. For the rest of us, his case has much more profound implications. 

Obama and Cameron

Britain’s citizenship deprivation processes may help obscure the Obama administration’s willingness to kill and kidnap Britons.

Blogs

An aggressive, racially charged stop-and-frisk captured on audio helped raise the debate about the police tactic.

May 2, 2013

We can’t let our discomfort with teen sex trump young people’s right to reproductive health.

May 1, 2013

The interactive La Ruta dramatizes an experience that many immigrants know too well—and senators could learn from.

April 30, 2013

The New York Times columnist chastises President Obama for his failure to deal with other pols, ignoring the huge flaws of a system based on silent filibusters and fundraisers.

April 25, 2013

After Boston, are the Senate Judiciary Hearings on immigration actually helping us get closer to reform?

April 25, 2013

In the wake of 9/11 and Boston, is it even possible to imagine a movie that makes civil liberties an integral part of its dramatic arc?

April 23, 2013

The way communities of color respond to the logic of antiterrorism can make us part of the problem—or the solution.

April 22, 2013

There ought to be a response to violence besides callous indifference and total social warfare.

April 21, 2013

The defeat of President Obama’s gun-control package indicates that lessons from history have been insufficiently learned.

April 20, 2013

In West Virginia, one high school student is standing up for her right to hear the truth—the whole truth—about sexual health.

April 19, 2013