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Do Presidents Have a Right to Secrecy?
Trump’s refusal to share information has been part and parcel of the Washington scene for far longer than the current moment.
Karen J. Greenberg
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 1, 2022
Where Solidarity, Abolition, and Queer History Meet
The Women’s House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison
makes a compelling case for abolition as a central part of queer politics.
August 18, 2022
Without “Roe,” Who Is Holding Prosecutors to Account?
A conversation with Andrea James, the executive director of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, and Sakira Cook, the co–interim vice president at Color of Change.
August 16, 2022
These Labor Unions Are Fighting to Keep Solitary Confinement
A corrections officers’ union in New York is campaigning against new restrictions on solitary confinement—and it’s not the only union in the country opposing prison reforms.
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August 11, 2022
Steven Thrasher on “The Viral Underclass”
spoke with Thrasher about who makes up the viral underclass—the subject of his new book—and what we should do to confront the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
August 2, 2022
Free Jeef Kazadi!
We call on the Democratic Republic of Congo to immediately release a detained journalist.
July 26, 2022
Easy Money: How Counties Are Funneling Covid Relief Funds Into New Jails
Counties aren’t supposed to use Covid funds to build jails and prisons—but that hasn’t stopped some of them from trying to do it anyway.
July 25, 2022
The Arizona Prison System Is Censoring “The Nation.” We’re Doing Something About It.
Arizona prison authorities are stopping incarcerated people from reading
. We’re working with the ACLU’s National Prison Project to assert their First Amendment rights.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
July 4, 2022
What Chesa Boudin’s Recall Means for Children With Incarcerated Parents
If we want to seriously reform our criminal justice system, we need to listen to those who have felt the human costs of incarceration.