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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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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