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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.

Pelican Bay State Prison

The strikers are calling for an end to long-term solitary confinement and better prison conditions.

Guantanamo Protest

How to pre-convict and pre-punish an American Muslim.

California prison overcrowding

Following a landmark court ruling, the state is on deadline to release tens of thousands of people from prison. Is it succeeding?

Guantanamo protest

As the hunger strike approaches its 100th day on May 17, 100 prisoners are refusing food.

US-Mexico border

With huge profits at stake, CCA and the Geo Group are pushing discreetly for enforcement-heavy immigration reform.

By providing free instruments, we use music to help rehabilitate prison inmates.

Weldon Angelos

Cases like that of Weldon Angelos, who was given a fifty-five-year sentence for selling marijuana, cry out for mercy. But calls for clemency have fallen on deaf ears.

The time has never been better to stop this colossal waste of money, resources and, most importantly, lives.

Bradley Manning

As people who have devoted our lives to forging a more peaceful and just world, we salute Manning's courage and condemn his treatment at the hands of the government.

Blogs

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

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