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February 18, 2021
More Than Half of All Inmates in Wisconsin Prisons Have Tested Positive for Covid
With a civil rights complaint filed in federal court, inmates accuse administrators of flouting CDC guidelines.
February 9, 2021
How Progressive District Attorneys Are Leading the Charge to Fix Our Broken Justice System
From Philadelphia to Portsmouth, Va., the successes are piling up.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
February 5, 2021
Prosecuting Every Participant in the Capitol Riot Is a Mistake
Progressives should resist the temptation to call in the carceral state—even against people whose views we despise.
December 2, 2020
Now Is the Time to Make Good on the Promise of Justice for All
Here’s how we can.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley
October 28, 2020
Palestinian Maher Al-Akhras Demands: Freedom or Death
Most of the time, the death of a single Palestinian prisoner does not show up on the radar screen of Israeli or world consciousness. Maher Al-Akhras is putting his life on the line to change that.
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October 8, 2020
The Prisoners Who Were Convicted by Hung Juries
In Louisiana, at least 1,601 people are still incarcerated on the basis of a Jim Crow–era law allowing for conviction by a nonunanimous verdict.
September 25, 2020
The Children of Incarcerated People Vote, Too
Whether for their loved ones or themselves, young people have a stake in criminal justice reform. And they want a president who will make it a priority.
September 18, 2020
Maya Moore and Jonathan Irons: More Than a Love Story
The basketball superstar announced her marriage to a man she helped free from prison. But there is a sobering lesson beneath this feel-good story.
September 4, 2020
California Passes Key Criminal Justice Reforms
Fierce police union lobbying killed some important measures, but many other good bills won the day.
June 24, 2020
Defund the Police. And the Military, Too.
In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. emphasized the need to overcome “the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism.” The same holds true today.
Andrew J. Bacevich