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Mandatory sentencing news and analysis from The Nation
November 8, 2022
India Spellman Was Wrongfully Convicted When She Was Just 17
That was over a decade ago. When will she walk free?
March 5, 2021
Why Congress Must Pass Voting Rights Reform Now
It’s the best way to stop the GOP’s accelerating voter suppression strategy—and to continue the fight for criminal justice reform.
November 4, 2020
California Chooses Criminal Justice Reform
Results are not final, and some are not progressive, but Golden State voters continue to turn away from the tough-on-crime course set in the 1990s.
February 17, 2020
Audia Jones Wants to Redefine Criminal Justice in Texas
Disappointed in her old boss, a former district attorney is running to be the Harris County district attorney on one of the most progressive platforms of 2020.
July 31, 2019
The Queens District Attorney Race Goes to Court
The runoff between Tiffany
Cabán and Melinda Katz isn’t over until the courts decide it is.
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March 8, 2019
The Manafort Sentence Is a Lesson in White Privilege
But the solution isn’t to inflate sentences for wealthy white men—it’s to reduce sentences for poor people of color.
March 27, 2018
Our Systems for Tracking the Criminal-Justice System Are Broken
In Florida, a recently passed bill will standardize these statistics, and make them publicly accessible.
March 22, 2018
Why Trump’s Call to Execute Drug Dealers Matters
Prosecutors across the country are already applying Trump’s “tough” approach through the use of drug-induced-homicide laws.
December 22, 2017
‘We’re Basically Guessing on These Cases’: Louisiana’s Disastrous Resentencing Hearings
SCOTUS has required the reconsideration of hundreds of sentences that put kids in prison for life.
May 12, 2017
Welcome to the ‘War On Drugs,’ Redux
Punishing low-level drug offenders is back in style. Thanks a lot, Jeff Sessions.