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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.

The Virginia senator's willingness to take up this cause is evidence that the culture gap may be closing.

Terror suspects are held in US prisons on dubious evidence under inhumane conditions.

The embattled NBA Hall of Famer is perhaps the only figure who can expose "America's Toughest Sheriff" as the abusive bigot he is.

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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