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October 7, 2022
Biden Just Made Marijuana Reform a Major 2022 Issue. Democrats Should Run With It.
Voters of all backgrounds support pardoning Americans with federal convictions for marijuana possession.
September 13, 2021
David Gilbert Should Be Free
Given his perfect 40-year record, denial by the Parole Board would signal that prison is just about punishment and revenge.
October 8, 2020
The Prisoners Who Were Convicted by Hung Juries
In Louisiana, at least 1,601 people are still incarcerated on the basis of a Jim Crow–era law allowing for conviction by a nonunanimous verdict.
July 2, 2020
Maya Moore for the Win
Jonathan Irons finally walks free thanks to the efforts of the all-time basketball great.
January 29, 2020
Tennessee’s Chemical Castration Bill Shows Local Republicans Have One Thing on Their Minds
“It’s a return, if you will, to the dark ages,” one civil rights advocate says.
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March 14, 2019
The TV Series Derailing Bail Reform in New Orleans
The tough-on-crime spin is undercutting the hard work of activists and criminal justice experts in the city.
February 7, 2019
21 Savage Is Every Immigrant
The rapper’s dramatic arrest is typical of ICE’s race-baiting and fear-mongering.
August 2, 2018
Will Justice Ever Come to Ferguson, Missouri?
A Q&A with Wesley Bell, who is pitching himself as the criminal-justice reformer St. Louis County needs.
February 22, 2018
Prosecutors and Judges Have Brought Back Debtors’ Prisons
A new report details how easily you can be put in jail simply for owing a company money.
November 21, 2017
Anatomy of an Abduction: The Deportation of Cambodian American Refugees
Cambodians displaced by American bombs are being sent back to a country they barely know.