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Prison reform news and analysis from The Nation
April 21, 2017
Why Are Bureaucrats—Not Judges—Deciding Whether Terminally Ill Prisoners Die Behind Bars?
This is not how our “compassionate release” system is supposed to work.
April 4, 2017
Rikers Island Might Finally Close—and We Have Organizers to Thank for That
The infamous jail is the site of dozens of horrifying stories of prisoner mistreatment.
March 3, 2017
Can a Champion of Black Lives Matter Become Mayor of St. Louis?
Tishaura Jones is running to “uproot racism” just a few miles from the streets where Michael Brown was murdered.
February 22, 2017
This Building Was Once a Notorious Women’s Prison. Now It’s Becoming a Center for Feminist Organizing.
Formerly incarcerated women are helping plan the transformation of Bayview Correctional Facility into a Women’s Building.
January 9, 2017
Jeff Sessions Could Return Criminal Justice to the Jim Crow Era
Sessions’s extreme views on crime and punishment are a throwback to the darkest chapters in American history.
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December 5, 2016
Almost Half a Million People Are in Jail Awaiting Trial
How the practice of bail is making us less safe.
Brave New Films
November 16, 2016
A Liberal Lion Remembered
Stanley Sheinbaum’s achievements were countless.
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
October 14, 2016
At Least 24,000 Inmates Have Staged Coordinated Protests in the Past Month. Why Have You Not Heard of Their Actions?
Hunger strikes, labor strikes, and other actions have hit at least 29 prisons in at least 12 states.