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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

The state of New Jersey has saved millions of dollars by relying on prison labor to refurbish furniture in the governor’s office.

Baltimore

The right to a lawyer is a key protection against unjust prison sentences, but public defenders are overwhelmed and under-resourced.

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney (AP/Alex Brandon)

The criminal-justice system is set up never to jail police. Could restorative justice serve communities better?

 
Lemon Andersen

Andersen first heard about the Attica uprising during a stint on Rikers Island. His new play brings the rebellion to life at the Public Theater.

The MacArthur Foundation’s $75 million pledge shows that political momentum is clearly on the side of reform.

Since age 12, Cadeem Gibbs has struggled to reconcile his desire to learn with his incarceration.

California prisoners

Reform advocates are making a compelling case for policies that take aim at mass incarceration.

Columbia Prison Divest members

As of  last year, the university had $8 million invested in Corrections Corporation of America, as well as shares in other private security firms.

New legislation in the Senate is a first step to giving the more than 70 million Americans with criminal records a second chance.

Prison block

And what happens when the problem escapes from behind bars.

Blogs

The man who exposed the agency’s torture program bids farewell to prison and moves on with his life.

May 6, 2015

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