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Prison reform news and analysis from The Nation
January 7, 2022
Free Jarvis Jay Masters!
It’s long past time for California Governor Gavin Newsom—and the mainstream media—to take up the cause of a man who is almost certainly innocent of the crime that landed him on San Quentin’s death row.
December 21, 2021
A Sheriff for the People
Following her recent victory in New Orleans, Susan Hutson will become the first female Black sheriff in Louisiana history.
November 30, 2021
The Staggeringly High Price of a Prison Phone Call
It’s outrageous that a billion-dollar industry exists based on skimming profits from some of society’s most vulnerable people.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
November 10, 2021
“The Worst Prison in New York State”
The situation at Rikers is bad, but at Great Meadow Correctional Facility, a maximum security facility more than 200 miles north of New York City, it’s worse.
October 29, 2021
It’s Time to End Murder by Spreadsheet
The other side of criminal justice reform is focusing on white-collar prosecutions.
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October 25, 2021
Disabled and Abandoned in New York State Prisons
Incarcerated people are being disciplined because their disability makes it impossible to comply with prison rules.
October 19, 2021
Rikers Detainees Are Being Transferred From One “Hellhole” to Another
Former and currently incarcerated people denounce Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision to transfer detainees as a temporary fix to the ongoing crisis at Rikers.
October 11, 2021
“They Are Throwing New Yorkers Into Cages on Rikers Island in Our Name!”
In a rare move, a group of elected officials has begun showing up in courtrooms to bear witness to the banal cruelty that keep Rikers going.
October 6, 2021
Closing Rikers Island Is a Matter of Life and Death
Isaabdul Karim wasn’t sentenced to death. In fact, he was never sentenced at all.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
September 13, 2021
Honoring Attica After Half a Century
It’s time to demand law enforcement accountability for the death of unarmed citizens not just on America’s streets but also in our prisons.
Heather Ann Thompson