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The billboard at the east entrance to the remote rural village of Tamms,
Illinois, reads "Tamms: The First Super Max," and below, in lowercase
letters, "a good place to live." Inmates at Tamms,

Big Media won another battle in the escalating war over copyright on
January 15, when the Supreme Court upheld a 1998 law extending copyright
terms by twenty years, to life plus seventy years f

The worse the state treats kids, the more the state's prosecutors chase
after inoffensive "perverts" in the private sector who have committed
the so-called crime of getting sexual kicks out of

"Our capital system is haunted by the demon of error," Illinois Governor
George Ryan said on January 11, clearing his state's death row as his
final act of office.

Since the bottom line here is terrible physical pain, let's start with
someone who has spent most of her life in that condition. There are
millions like her. Patricia C.

"Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest," reads the little
informational card the ACLU hands out to citizens.

Mattie White remembers July 23, 1999, as the day her life was turned upside down.

I went to a reception the other night to celebrate the efforts of a
group called the Innocence Project, which provides legal assistance to
prisoners for whom the technology of DNA testing may n

The debate over how to protect the United States from terrorism while safeguarding its guiding values rages with particular intensity in immigrant communities.

1. It is morally reprehensible to take a life, and it is especially reprehensible for the state to do so.

Blogs

“The slackening of state gun regulations has all the absurdity of a joke, but none of the humor.”

June 23, 2014

“We’re really concerned that these detention centers…will not be under compliance with international law.”

June 20, 2014

After weeks of denying access, Border Patrol officials finally let reporters look inside two controversial immigrant processing centers. 

June 19, 2014

If a Georgia execution goes as planned, it will be the first to take place in the United States since Oklahoma officials botched the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett on April 29.

June 17, 2014

Low-income residents demand accountability from NYCHA. 

June 16, 2014

An independent autoposy report raises serious questions about the medical professionals who carried out Clayton Lockett’s botched execution.

June 13, 2014

A complaint filed by legal groups details 116 cases of child abuse or mistreatment by border agents, including kicking, death threats and food deprivation.

June 12, 2014

Eric Cantor made one step towards reform— and was punished for it Tuesday night.

June 11, 2014

Most of the unaccompanied children waiting in a Nogalas detention facility migrated from violence-torn countries in Central America.

June 10, 2014

Conservative militants struck in Las Vegas and Georgia over the weekend. 

June 9, 2014