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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.

Americans behind bars weigh in on the corporate crooks who continue to get away with their crimes.

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Obama has so far granted fewer pardons than any modern US president.

April 21, 2014

Texas consistently has some of the highest national rates of prison rape.

April 2, 2014

Jerome Murdough was found dead in a Rikers Island jail cell after it had reached temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

March 20, 2014

The proposal would reduce sentences for nonviolent drug traffickers by about a year.

March 13, 2014

You won’t believe what some leading conservatives had to say about criminal justice reform this week—because they were actually right. 

March 7, 2014

The unlikely allies are leading a push to reform sentencing guidelines for nonviolent drug offenders.

March 4, 2014

Solitary Watch reports that eight to nine prisoners are taking part in the strike, held at the federal government’s highest-security prison.

February 27, 2014

The agreement also includes a ban on the use of solitary confinement to discipline pregnant inmates.

February 19, 2014

They are using their fame, however sudden and unexpected, to champion prison reform in Russia, the United States and around the world.

February 11, 2014