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Jails and Prisons
Jails and Prisons news and analysis from The Nation
January 20, 2023
Rikers Just Had Its Deadliest Year. Two Authors Explain Why It’s Still Open.
A conversation with Graham Rayman and Reuven Blau about their new book on Rikers Island, a jail system plagued by decades of institutional inertia.
January 4, 2023
The Continuing Imprisonment of Leila de Lima Is an International Scandal
Her incarceration for having the temerity to investigate former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a stain on the reputation of the new Marcos administration.
January 3, 2023
Sterilization Survivors Who Won Reparations Now Face Another Challenge—Getting It
Advocates and incarcerated survivors wonder if enough is being done to inform and assist all survivors in California, who have until the end of the year to apply for compensation.
December 27, 2022
Brittney Griner Faced Brutal Conditions in Jail—but So Did Viktor Bout
Amid all the reporting on the Griner-Bout prison swap, almost no one thought to cover what Bout experienced during his 12 years of US imprisonment.
December 23, 2022
Tracy McCarter Is a Case Study of the Abusive Carceral State
Judge Diane Kiesel’s ruling is just one example of the way the legal system took on the role of the abuser in McCarter’s case.
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December 20, 2022
An Incarcerated Survivor Asks Kathy Hochul for Clemency
The petition from the 34-year-old mother of two is one of 861 requests for commutations awaiting Hochul’s decision.
December 14, 2022
Will Biden Shut Down Guantánamo?
After 7,627 nightmarish days of torture, cruel treatment, legal limbo, and injustice, it’s time for Biden to make good on his word: Shut it down.
Karen J. Greenberg
December 14, 2022
Democrats Got Tough on Crime. Now There’s a Crisis of Aging Behind Bars.
California and New York legislators are trying to undo the damage caused since the 1994 Crime Bill. But elder parole isn’t working as hoped.
December 8, 2022
A Vindication for Agitation: Brittney Griner Is Coming Home
Many of the obstacles to freeing Brittney Griner were domestic, not foreign.
December 5, 2022
Staughton Lynd Never Lost the Courage of His Convictions
The historian and activist, who died last month, paid a steep price for his commitments. Yet he managed to find a way to keep agitating, and keep writing, while always remaining true to his radical vision.