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Criminal Justice news and analysis from The Nation
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.
February 23, 2022
In Minneapolis, the Cycle of Police Violence Continues
Amir Locke was sleeping. Daunte Wright was going to the car wash. George Floyd was at the corner store. When and where are Black people safe from police?
February 18, 2022
The Right Is Exploiting People’s Fears With Surgical Precision
By pushing buttons around education and crime, highly organized conservative groups are bringing out the worst in American voters.
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February 14, 2022
Dying on Tulsa Time
Gavin Newsom’s pledge to shut down San Quentin’s death row brings capital punishment outliers into harsh relief.
February 9, 2022
Why Prisons Are Banning Letters
The loss of paper mail and the shift to private electronic communications platforms can isolate incarcerated individuals.
January 28, 2022
She Ran on a Platform of “Radical Love.” Now She’s Facing Radical Hate.
Harlem’s new city councilwoman is finally getting media attention—and death threats—for sending condolences to the family of a man accused of murdering two cops.
January 27, 2022
Are We Any Closer to Shutting Down Guantánamo?
In the legal quagmire the US has created, there is no easy answer.
Karen J. Greenberg
January 25, 2022
ICE Is Detaining More Immigrants. Covid Is Putting Them in Danger.
The Biden administration is placing millions of incarcerated people—including over 20,000 who are in ICE detention—at risk of a Covid-19 illness, disability, and death.