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April 14, 2021
Undanced Dances During a Pandemic
From inside a California prison come choreographies of the mind.
March 23, 2021
How the Violence Against Women Act Failed Women
The provision of the 1994 Crime Bill sponsored by then-Senator Joe Biden has contributed to mass incarceration and state violence.
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
March 19, 2021
The Campaign Against Gavin Newsom Sets Its Targets on Social Justice
An effort to recall the California governor is aimed at blocking progress toward reducing wealth inequality and mass incarceration.
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.
March 3, 2021
Trump Made His ‘American Carnage’ Fever Dream True
In the US, 500,000 people are dead, but the toll is higher and Covid is but one measure of public health.
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February 9, 2021
How Progressive District Attorneys Are Leading the Charge to Fix Our Broken Justice System
From Philadelphia to Portsmouth, Va., the successes are piling up.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
February 5, 2021
Prosecuting Every Participant in the Capitol Riot Is a Mistake
Progressives should resist the temptation to call in the carceral state—even against people whose views we despise.
December 31, 2020
What an Ex-Cop Learned in Prison About Police Culture
Brooks Laughlin tells incarcerated writer Michael J. Moore, “The most manly thing you can do is ask for help.”
Michael J. Moore
October 30, 2020
Will Concerns About Domestic Violence Derail Sentencing Reform in Oklahoma?
Opponents of a constitutional amendment to limit enhanced sentencing say it would harm domestic violence survivors. Not all survivors agree.
October 8, 2020
The Prisoners Who Were Convicted by Hung Juries
In Louisiana, at least 1,601 people are still incarcerated on the basis of a Jim Crow–era law allowing for conviction by a nonunanimous verdict.