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Mass incarceration news and analysis from The Nation
April 4, 2017
Rikers Island Might Finally Close—and We Have Organizers to Thank for That
The infamous jail is the site of dozens of horrifying stories of prisoner mistreatment.
February 22, 2017
This Building Was Once a Notorious Women’s Prison. Now It’s Becoming a Center for Feminist Organizing.
Formerly incarcerated women are helping plan the transformation of Bayview Correctional Facility into a Women’s Building.
January 9, 2017
Jeff Sessions Could Return Criminal Justice to the Jim Crow Era
Sessions’s extreme views on crime and punishment are a throwback to the darkest chapters in American history.
December 9, 2016
It’s Time for President Obama to Grant Clemency to Leonard Peltier
Ten months after filing a petition with the president, renowned lawyers wait—and hope—for Obama to act.
November 12, 2016
Election Night Saw Victories in Local Criminal-Justice Reform—This Should Be the Beginning
Local prosecutor and sheriff races are winnable and build power.
Robert J. Smith
November 8, 2016
5 Books You Need to Understand the Origins of Incarceration
November 7, 2016
This Texas Prosecutor Jailed a Rape Victim—Could It Cost Devon Anderson Her Election?
Devon Anderson has a troubling record, and voters may dismiss her tomorrow.
October 17, 2016
It’s Time for the Left to Claim a Few Victories
The country is shunning Trump, Hillary Clinton said “systemic racism,” and the Paris climate agreement goes into effect in three weeks.
October 11, 2016
Ava DuVernay Reminds Us: The Past Must Be Present in Criminal-Justice Reform
Her new documentary explains how the “slavery loophole” perpetuates racial disparities in mass incarceration.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
September 26, 2016
These Women Are Demanding a Voice in the Criminal Justice Conversation
The movement to reform the criminal justice system is still dominated by men and politicians. This group of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women is changing that.