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Prison-reform advocates tend to focus on the plight of those behind bars. But the enforcers of this draconian system are victims as well.

The way to keep families together is to keep tearing them apart? Please.

Sex, or the fear of it, has been almost as important in the construction of this nightmare as racism.

Indiscriminate stops and mobile fingerprinting in the Big Easy represent a frightening new frontier in immigration enforcement.

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 15, 2014

How “Fuck the Police” came to narrate the town’s humiliations and violations.

Frank Lindh

The father of a young man captured while fighting for the Taliban in 2001 reminds us of the “dark side” of US policy after 9/11.

Immigrant Children

An overwhelmed system struggles to meet President Obama’s order to fast-track deportation hearings on 62,000 lone child migrants.

Ferguson protest

The official response to Michael Brown’s murder has laid bare the cheapness of black life.

Blogs

Americans want to believe that sports are the last remaining venue for honest competition—but we’ve known otherwise for years.

May 29, 2015

The newest challenge to voting rights would be a dramatic powergrab for the GOP. 

May 28, 2015

It continues in the courts of law and public opinion—but justice is expensive.

May 27, 2015

Our justice system fails when it doesn’t hold bankers accountable for their fraudulent and criminal actions.

May 26, 2015

When the police kill somebody, it’s not “private.”

May 21, 2015

With less than 24 hours to act on surveillance reform, things in the Senate have gotten dramatic. 

May 20, 2015

There’s still time for President Obama to order the Justice Department to prosecute the perpetrators.

May 20, 2015

Her remarks ticked off a checklist of things activists have been fighting for, suggesting that she’s heard warnings that Latino support for Democrats cannot be taken for granted.

May 6, 2015

The man who exposed the agency’s torture program bids farewell to prison and moves on with his life.

May 6, 2015

Helpfulness not guaranteed.

May 5, 2015