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Prison reform news and analysis from The Nation
February 15, 2023
Even After a Landmark Bill, the Fight for Prison Phone Justice Isn’t Over
The FCC needs to understand its landmark mission.
January 3, 2023
Sterilization Survivors Who Won Reparations Now Face Another Challenge—Getting It
Advocates and incarcerated survivors wonder if enough is being done to inform and assist all survivors in California, who have until the end of the year to apply for compensation.
December 2, 2022
A Judge Dismisses the Murder Charge Against a Domestic Violence Survivor
Two weeks after the Manhattan DA filed a motion to dismiss Tracy McCarter’s murder indictment, Judge Diane Kiesel agreed to drop the charge against her.
November 8, 2022
India Spellman Was Wrongfully Convicted When She Was Just 17
That was over a decade ago. When will she walk free?
November 8, 2022
Meet the Woman Leading the Charge Against Bail Reform in New York
The murder of her son radicalized Madeline Brame. Now, the right has embraced her as the muse of the movement to quash the most progressive bail reform law in the US.
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September 15, 2022
Prisoner Advocates Turn to the UN to End Extreme Prison Sentences
In a sharply worded complaint to UN special rapporteurs submitted on Thursday, advocacy groups call for an end to “death by incarceration” sentencing in the US.
August 18, 2022
Without “Roe,” Who Is Holding Prosecutors to Account?
A conversation with Andrea James, the executive director of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, and Sakira Cook, the co–interim vice president at Color of Change.
August 16, 2022
These Labor Unions Are Fighting to Keep Solitary Confinement
A corrections officers’ union in New York is campaigning against new restrictions on solitary confinement—and it’s not the only union in the country opposing prison reforms.
July 25, 2022
The Arizona Prison System Is Censoring “The Nation.” We’re Doing Something About It.
Arizona prison authorities are stopping incarcerated people from reading
. We’re working with the ACLU’s National Prison Project to assert their First Amendment rights.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
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.