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Prison reform news and analysis from The Nation
January 15, 2018
Florida’s Prison Laborers Are Going On Strike
Demanding fair pay for their work and an end to brutal conditions, the inmates are putting pressure on the Florida prison system’s bottom line.
December 22, 2017
All They Want for Christmas Is a Limit on Solitary Confinement
Prison-reform advocates send New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a Christmas card, asking him to spend a day alone in a cell.
December 11, 2017
Our Prison Population Is Getting Older and Older
Could programs like compassionate release provide refuge from a criminal-justice system run amok?
December 6, 2017
WNBA MVP Maya Moore Takes on the Criminal-Justice System
One of the all-time greats is using her platform to shed light on mass incarceration.
November 21, 2017
Do Nothing and Help Dismantle Our Broken Criminal-Justice System
A new “slacktivist” app mines cryptocurrency to pay for bail funds.
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November 10, 2017
Philadelphia Just Elected the Most Radical DA in the Country—Now What?
Larry Krasner has pledged to fight mass incarceration, and activists say they’ll be watching.
October 13, 2017
After Harvey, Texas Inmates Were Left in Flooded Prisons Without Adequate Water or Food
The treatment allegedly follows a pattern of neglect set during previous years’ hurricanes.
May 17, 2017
A New Film About Rikers Lets Inmates Describe the Jail’s Brutality in Their Own Words
Rikers: An American Jail
is coming out just as debate over how to close the notorious facility is reaching a fever pitch.
May 17, 2017
How Closing a Jail Could Make New York City Stronger
The plans for shuttering the infamous Rikers Island complex could be a boon for communities across the city.
May 11, 2017
Our Bail-Bond System Is Broken
And it’s hurting society’s most vulnerable communities the most.