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Nearly $9 billion per year is spent locking up people struggling with mental illness.

Prison-reform advocates tend to focus on the plight of those behind bars. But the enforcers of this draconian system are victims as well.

Prison

Jails have become the front line for health problems that plague underserved communities in America. The Affordable Care Act provides an opportunity to improve continuity in treatment.

The San Quentin News staff

For 127 years, prison newspapers have struggled to speak truth to the outside world.

The jury that convicted the Occupier on May 5 had only been given one side of the story.

With Monday’s verdict, McMillan became one of the first Occupy activists to face serious jail time.

Alan Gross

The case of Alan Gross reflects Obama’s failure to “write a new chapter in US-Cuba policy.”

Attica Prison

A judge has permitted the partial release of long-sealed Attica papers, but the full story of the assault remains hidden.

Blogs

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

A majority of Americans believe the criminal justice system is racially biased, but it takes more than an acknowledgement to dismantle the system.

September 24, 2014

The release of a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate has opened up a bipartisan conversation around punitive justice in North Carolina.

September 11, 2014