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Mass incarceration news and analysis from The Nation
August 23, 2016
Private Prison Companies Are Embracing Alternatives to Incarceration
They’ve hijacked the language of reform—but for them, it’s still business as usual.
August 23, 2016
On Private Federal Prisons, a Victory for Independent Journalism
This victory shows that reform is still possible, citizen movements and independent journalism still matter, and decent officials can make a difference.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
August 22, 2016
Why Are There So Many Women in Jail?
The number of women in jails has skyrocketed over the past four decades.
August 19, 2016
This Is Why I Come to Work Every Day
Even in the age of Trump, facts still can and do matter. Our work is to ferret them out and wield them as tools for reform.
August 16, 2016
If You Want to Know the Truth About the Criminal-Justice System, Talk to This Private Investigator
In this age of racial profiling, mandatory sentencing, and execution-by-cop, defending people is nearly impossible.
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July 19, 2016
Nearly Half of All Women in Jail Are Disabled
The disproportionate impact of the criminal-justice system on Americans with disabilities.
July 6, 2016
What Kind of Justice Can There Be When Judges Have to Find Defendants Guilty to Keep Their Court Open?
A Louisiana court forces defendants to literally pay for their crimes—without questioning whether they can afford to.
June 29, 2016
In Some States, Defendants Can Be Charged Hundreds of Dollars Just to Face a Jury
And other ways our judicial system bleeds the poor with debt.
June 8, 2016
Take Action to End the Use of Tear Gas in Prisons
People in prisons across the country have described harrowing experiences that sound like nothing less than torture.
May 31, 2016
The Supreme Court Didn’t Fix Racist Jury Selection
Timothy Foster got justice, but prosecutors still have wide leeway to exclude black jurors.