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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.
September 4, 2020
California Passes Key Criminal Justice Reforms
Fierce police union lobbying killed some important measures, but many other good bills won the day.
July 16, 2020
Austin, Texas, Just Voted to End the Drug War
Voters just nominated a candidate for DA who says, “On day one, we will end the prosecution of low-level drug offenses.”
June 3, 2020
The President Wants You to Be Misinformed
Trump’s presidency is the culmination of decades of misinformation emanating from the White House.
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June 1, 2020
Minneapolis: The Rise of the ‘Thumpers’
How decades of liberal reform failed to rein in a racist, defiantly brutal police department.
May 14, 2020
There Is Only One Way to Prevent Mass Deaths in Prisons: Let Them Out
A lawsuit about conditions at Danbury prison shows why it is impossible to keep the incarcerated safe.
April 28, 2020
This Crisis Demands an End to Mass Incarceration
Prosecutors are in a unique position to flatten the curve.
April 20, 2020
The Devastating Emotional Toll of Suspending Prison Visits
To insulate facilities from the coronavirus, prisons and jails are not allowing people to see their incarcerated loved ones.
March 24, 2020
Covid Catastrophe: Trump Fiddles While America Burns
After two months of ignoring health experts, the fool in the White House lashes out at governors and the most vulnerable.