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Mass incarceration news and analysis from The Nation
September 29, 2015
Why Are So Many Women Behind Bars in Oklahoma?
With twice as many women in prison as in other states, Oklahoma is the female-incarceration capital of the United States.
September 16, 2015
Are Americans Finally Facing Up to the True Costs of Mass Incarceration?
The human devastation caused by prisons goes far beyond the cost to taxpayers.
August 17, 2015
Prison Education Reduces Recidivism by Over 40 Percent. Why Aren’t We Funding More of It?
Giving prisoners access to financial aid for college tuition is the first step towards “de-carceration.”
July 16, 2015
How Prison Reform Became a Presidential Priority
Obama’s prison visit would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. But organizing and advocacy created a new consensus.
Benjamin Todd Jealous
July 13, 2015
I Thought I’d Escaped Poverty. Then I Went to Prison.
One woman’s story of the myth of rehabilitative incarceration.
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March 27, 2015
Does it Matter Why the Right Wants Criminal-Justice Reform?
Many reformers on the left are optimistic that this time, bipartisan consensus will tilt in a progressive direction.
March 26, 2015
How California Voters Got So Smart on Crime
Reform advocates are making a compelling case for policies that take aim at mass incarceration.
March 11, 2015
Should a Criminal Record Be a Life Sentence to Poverty?
New legislation in the Senate is a first step to giving the more than 70 million Americans with criminal records a second chance.
December 16, 2014
Mass Incarceration’s Collateral Damage: The Children Left Behind
When a parent is sent to prison, a child’s life is derailed, leaving schools to pick up the pieces.
November 5, 2014
Weed Is Legal in the Capital—and 10 Other Reasons the Election Wasn’t a Total Bust
From minimum-wage increases to paid sick days to the defeat, again, of Scott Brown—progressives had a few bright spots on an otherwise dark night.