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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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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