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Mass incarceration news and analysis from The Nation
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.
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.
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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.