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Criminal Justice news and analysis from The Nation
July 28, 2021
Democrats Must Control the Crime Narrative Before It Controls Them
Democrats should offer their own 21st-century vision for reducing crime.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
July 26, 2021
Why Are Public Defenders Backing a Major Assault on Gun Control?
In the name of Black gun owners, a coalition of progressive attorneys has thrown its weight behind an explosive attempt to eviscerate gun regulations.
July 14, 2021
The Violence of Latinx Erasure Starts With Undercounting Victims
The systematic deletion of Latinx people by government databases, media organizations, and Hollywood has enabled killer cops, inhumane immigration policies, and more.
July 13, 2021
This Time Trump Is Right: He’s Only Getting Worse
On a weekend publicity bender, he praised the January 6 violence as a “lovefest” and continued his quest to make slain rioter Ashli Babbitt a martyr.
July 12, 2021
Eric Adams Is Going to Be a Very Different Kind of Mayor
His deep ties to organized labor and Democratic institutions make him a tough opponent for the city’s left. Yet the same institutional checks that have long frustrated progressives will also restrain Adams’s ability to roll back tenant protections.
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June 25, 2021
Chauvin Is Sentenced to 22.5 Years. But Who Killed Winston Smith?
In early June, law enforcement in Minneapolis killed a 32-year-old Black man named Winston Smith, three miles from where George Floyd was murdered.
June 25, 2021
Building the Prison-to-College Pipeline
Securing a college education for the formerly incarcerated can break intergenerational cycles of poverty and crime.
David L. Kirp
June 19, 2021
Juneteenth and the Problem of American Freedom
Of course, Juneteenth should be recognized as a Black holiday belonging to Black people. But this is not a day purely of joyful celebration.
June 16, 2021
Will Democratic Court Nominations Live Up to Biden’s Promises?
In spite of signs of increased diversity, some Democrats have insisted on sticking to a pro-corporate agenda.
June 2, 2021
A Prisoner Videotaped Covid Conditions Last Year. Where Is He Now?
Of life on the line.