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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

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

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