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Prison reform news and analysis from The Nation
June 24, 2022
What Happens to Children Who Lose a Parent?
A child with an incarcerated parent suffers disadvantages that are as bad, or worse, as those faced by a child with a parent who died.
June 14, 2022
Why Prosecutorial Reform Will Outlive Chesa Boudin’s Recall
Many other progressive attorneys general have handily won reelection in recent years.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
May 23, 2022
Is Every Sentence a Life Sentence?
Around 1.3 million Americans are currently incarcerated, and they will continue to be punished long after their release.
May 4, 2022
Kathy Boudin’s Remarkable Journey
Until I met Kathy, I had never witnessed the kind of self-study she engaged in to understand who she was before the crime that defined her life—and how she could begin to make amends.
May 3, 2022
Our Friend Kathy Boudin: A Great Life and a Great Loss
For both friends and activists, Boudin’s passing is the loss of a generous soul, uncompromising radical, parent, and guide on the path to responsibility and redemption.
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April 8, 2022
Will Biden Keep His Word and Pardon Federal Cannabis Offenders?
Running for president, Joe Biden promised he’d decriminalize marijuana and pardon federal offenders. So why is Daniel Muessig about to go to prison for five years?
March 25, 2022
Kathy Hochul Is About to Break Ranks With Progressives
Her proposed legislation on cash bail will please Mayor Eric Adams and alienate leftists.
March 22, 2022
Abolish the Debt Sentence
Court fees, fines, and cash bail contribute to a cycle of debt and incarceration under the guise of justice.
February 9, 2022
Why Prisons Are Banning Letters
The loss of paper mail and the shift to private electronic communications platforms can isolate incarcerated individuals.
January 25, 2022
ICE Is Detaining More Immigrants. Covid Is Putting Them in Danger.
The Biden administration is placing millions of incarcerated people—including over 20,000 who are in ICE detention—at risk of a Covid-19 illness, disability, and death.