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Mass incarceration news and analysis from The Nation
June 21, 2017
Lisa, Laquanda, Machelle, and Kenya Were Sentenced as Children to Die in Prison
Decades later, a Supreme Court ruling could give them their freedom.
May 17, 2017
How Closing a Jail Could Make New York City Stronger
The plans for shuttering the infamous Rikers Island complex could be a boon for communities across the city.
May 12, 2017
This Civil Rights Lawyer Is on the Path to Becoming Philly’s Next DA
Larry Krasner has spent his professional life defending activists and suing the police.
May 11, 2017
What I Learned From Susan Burton, a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman
Reading her life story will change the way you view the world.
May 11, 2017
Our Bail-Bond System Is Broken
And it’s hurting society’s most vulnerable communities the most.
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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