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Protest against NYPD surveillance

Americans remain mostly blind to the abusive treatment of terror suspects on US soil.

Cook County Department of Corrections

As an investigative journalism student, I helped uncover proof that should have cleared Anthony McKinney’s name. Instead, he died in prison.

Will California Choose Prisons Over Schools—Again?

Progressives supported Prop 30 to send more money to schools but now the funds are headed to prisons. How could this happen—and can it be stopped?

A drawing of a cellblock at Pelican Bay State Prison by an anonymous inmate

A call for architects to refuse to design chambers of living death.

California prisons

With Governor Jerry Brown taking a hardline position, strikers must turn to the courts, public opinion or the legislature.

Eric Holder

President Obama should follow Attorney General Eric Holder’s lead and commute the sentences of low-level drug offenders.

There are over two million men and women incarcerated in the United States and most cannot afford to call their families. 

California petition

The death of Billy “Guero” Sell will not be the last, warn advocates for prisoners refusing to eat or work.

Guantanamo Protest

Aamer, the last British resident still imprisoned at Guantánamo, has faced ongoing retaliation for speaking out against his detention. Now The Nation has evidence that he may be sent to Saudi Arabia.

Americans With Disabilities Act

For inmates with disabilities who are routinely denied their mental or physical needs, incarceration can be a nightmarish fight for survival.

Blogs

Inmates and activists unite to stop prisoner abuse at Rikers Island Prison.

August 14, 2014

Two years after the Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional, many states are still able to send children to die in prison without recourse.

June 25, 2014

Seventy-eight men who have been cleared for release remain in interminable detention. 

June 6, 2014

An ex-deputy testified in court about the culture of abuse pervading Los Angeles County jails.

June 4, 2014

A federal settlement to eliminate the use of seclusion on juvenile offenders is the first of its kind.

May 21, 2014

International organizations have said the seclusion of youth in custody amounts to torture.

May 15, 2014

Seventy percent of incarcerated women are mothers.

May 9, 2014

As reforms have caused incarceration rates to fall and the sky has not fallen with it, Americans are increasingly supportive of such measures. 

May 7, 2014

With coal not paying the bills, West Virginia has turned to prison construction.

April 21, 2014