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October 6, 2021
Closing Rikers Island Is a Matter of Life and Death
Isaabdul Karim wasn’t sentenced to death. In fact, he was never sentenced at all.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
July 7, 2021
The War on Drugs Is 50 Years Old
It’s a war we were destined—and that we deserved—to lose.
Alfred W. McCoy
June 2, 2021
A Prisoner Videotaped Covid Conditions Last Year. Where Is He Now?
Of life on the line.
May 26, 2021
Keith Ellison: On the Other Side of Criminal Justice Reform and Transformation Is a Safer Society
The attorney general who organized the prosecution of Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd makes the case for police accountability.
May 25, 2021
The War on Palestinians Continues—Now in the Form of Mass Arrests
Israel says the campaign of mass arrests is about “law and order,” but Palestinians know it is about quashing dissent inside the state.
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May 24, 2021
How New York State Let Covid-19 Run Rampant in Prisons
First, the state failed to protect people in prison from the virus. Then, it obscured the full scope of the crisis, advocates charge.
May 21, 2021
Will New York Join the List of Cities With Progressive DAs?
One of the most important political races in America will be decided here on June 22. And it has nothing to do with Andrew Yang.
May 19, 2021
The Police Union Failed Miserably in Its Attempt to Beat Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner
Across the country, police unions are trying to defeat progressive reformers. Tuesday’s hotly contested election shows voters remain committed to changing an unjust system.
April 23, 2021
The American Addiction to Violence
While a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murder earlier this week, that verdict alone, though so desperately needed, was woefully insufficient.
April 14, 2021
Undanced Dances During a Pandemic
From inside a California prison come choreographies of the mind.