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Mass incarceration news and analysis from The Nation
November 12, 2016
Election Night Saw Victories in Local Criminal-Justice Reform—This Should Be the Beginning
Local prosecutor and sheriff races are winnable and build power.
Robert J. Smith
November 8, 2016
5 Books You Need to Understand the Origins of Incarceration
November 7, 2016
This Texas Prosecutor Jailed a Rape Victim—Could It Cost Devon Anderson Her Election?
Devon Anderson has a troubling record, and voters may dismiss her tomorrow.
October 17, 2016
It’s Time for the Left to Claim a Few Victories
The country is shunning Trump, Hillary Clinton said “systemic racism,” and the Paris climate agreement goes into effect in three weeks.
October 11, 2016
Ava DuVernay Reminds Us: The Past Must Be Present in Criminal-Justice Reform
Her new documentary explains how the “slavery loophole” perpetuates racial disparities in mass incarceration.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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September 26, 2016
These Women Are Demanding a Voice in the Criminal Justice Conversation
The movement to reform the criminal justice system is still dominated by men and politicians. This group of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women is changing that.
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.