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Criminal Justice news and analysis from The Nation
April 8, 2022
Will Biden Keep His Word and Pardon Federal Cannabis Offenders?
Running for president, Joe Biden promised he’d decriminalize marijuana and pardon federal offenders. So why is Daniel Muessig about to go to prison for five years?
April 7, 2022
Do Campus Crime Alerts Keep Students Safe?
notifications were designed to provide community members with important information during an emergency, but there are unintended consequences.
April 5, 2022
In Criminalizing Error, We Are Doomed to Repeat Our Mistakes
Sending a nurse to prison for causing a patient’s death may satisfy the thirst for vengeance, but it won’t make hospitals any safer.
March 25, 2022
Kathy Hochul Is About to Break Ranks With Progressives
Her proposed legislation on cash bail will please Mayor Eric Adams and alienate leftists.
March 24, 2022
Reefer Reparations in the New New Amsterdam
Marijuana legalization in California saw the market dominated by corporations and bureaucracy. New York State’s focus on equity offers the possibility of another way.
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March 23, 2022
The GOP Goes Down the QAnon Rabbit Hole to Trash Ketanji Brown Jackson
It’s the 2024 wannabes, but not only them. This hearing reveals the total bankruptcy of the Republican Party.
March 22, 2022
Abolish the Debt Sentence
Court fees, fines, and cash bail contribute to a cycle of debt and incarceration under the guise of justice.
March 18, 2022
On Principle: Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Profile in Courage
In an overlooked, once-anonymous article from her student days, Biden’s nominee emphasized the human impact of law on the most hated people in America.
March 15, 2022
Brittney Griner Is a Political Prisoner
It’s time to raise the volume on the plight of the WNBA superstar, who is languishing in Russian custody.
March 15, 2022
Truth, Light, and the Origins of the Fight Against Sexual Assault on College Campuses
How a cohort of young feminists organized, agitated, and turned to Title IX to stop rape and sexual harassment on colleges 45 years ago.