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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.
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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.
Olúfémi 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.
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