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September 28, 2022
Trump’s Judges Are Just Getting Started
On this week’s episode of
The Time of Monsters
, Linda Hirshman discusses how the reactionary courts could block progressive governance.
September 27, 2022
Prisoners Forced to Work for Showers Are Now Being Punished for Taking Them
Regulations to combat a severe drought in California are being used to control prisoners under the auspices of conserving water, people inside San Quentin say.
September 19, 2022
The Trump Judges Are Officially Running the Show
The rulings by Judge Aileen Cannon on Trump’s behalf in the classified documents case aren’t just one-off legal absurdities—they’re examples of decisions to come.
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.
September 8, 2022
We Were Supposed to Help Asian Migrant Women—Instead We Got Police
After the Atlanta spa shootings, people wanted to support vulnerable Asian communities. But a new breed of activists steered energy toward carceral solutions.
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August 31, 2022
The ACLU Fights for Minneapolis
Though international attention has waned, the battle over policing here still rages. Several lawsuits by the ACLU cut to the heart of what’s at stake.
August 24, 2022
When Rap Lyrics Become Incriminating Speech
The use of their songs in criminal cases has had dire consequences for hip-hop musicians.
August 23, 2022
Republicans Ramp Up Their “Defund the FBI” Stunt
Republicans aren’t being hypocrites about the FBI and the Mar-a-Lago raid—they’ve never truly cared about effective law enforcement.
August 19, 2022
The Mar-a-Lago Raid Highlights the DOJ’s Hypocrisy on the Espionage Act
The Espionage Act has long been used to punish whistleblowers. But despite acting against Trump, the Justice Department usually gives a pass to high-ranking officials who disregard the national security system they’re sworn to uphold.
August 19, 2022
George Gascón Survives Another Recall
The progressive district attorney kept his office, defying the latest conservative attempt to overturn an election that didn’t go their way.