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Criminal record news and analysis from The Nation
December 21, 2015
Survivors of Domestic Violence Deserve Clemency, Not Prison Cells
Governor Andrew Cuomo just made an historic pledge to grant clemency to thousands of former nonviolent youthful offenders—what about women who committed violence in order to live?
November 9, 2015
How an Unusual Team Helps Extricate Bronx Residents From NYC’s Justice System
The Bronx Defenders do more than go to court.
November 4, 2015
Think It’s Hard Finding a Place to Live? Try Doing So With a Criminal Record
President Obama has taken a modest but essential step towards undoing some of the discriminatory housing policies that have made it difficult for returning citizens to rejoin their families and stay off the streets.
November 4, 2015
Why ‘Banning the Box’ Is Such a Big Deal for the Formerly Incarcerated
One small step by President Obama could improve employment prospects for anyone with a conviction.
October 28, 2015
A Short History of Cops Terrorizing Students
The assault at Spring Valley runs deeper than one bad cop—it’s the latest product of the school-to-prison pipeline.
Alex S. Vitale
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October 17, 2015
October 17, 1931: Al Capone Is Convicted of Income Tax Evasion and Sent to Federal Prison
“Only one thing keeps Al from being supreme: he has to split the millions in profits with his compatriots, the politicians.”
September 2, 2015
Why a Criminal Record Shouldn’t Disqualify Someone From Public Assistance
No one should go hungry for a crime that they have already served time for.
August 9, 2015
August 9, 1974: Richard Nixon Resigns
“The debate on Watergate has been a profoundly educative experience and it will continue for a long time.”
July 16, 2015
How Prison Reform Became a Presidential Priority
Obama’s prison visit would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. But organizing and advocacy created a new consensus.
Benjamin Todd Jealous
July 13, 2015
I Thought I’d Escaped Poverty. Then I Went to Prison.
One woman’s story of the myth of rehabilitative incarceration.