Jails and Prisons

Lawson with microphone

The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., 1928–2024 The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., 1928–2024

The “greatest teacher of nonviolence in America” was a mentor to generations of activists, from Martin Luther King Jr. to today’s union organizers and immigrant rights campaigners...

Jun 13, 2024 / Obituary / Peter Dreier

Grants Pass v. Johnson SCOTUS protest

The Supreme Court Could Make Encampment Sweeps Even More Dangerous The Supreme Court Could Make Encampment Sweeps Even More Dangerous

Unhoused people face significant health risks from encampment sweeps. Grants Pass v. Johnson threatens to make them much more common.

Jun 10, 2024 / StudentNation / Maggie Grether

Prison Violence at Green Haven Correctional Facility

Prison Violence at Green Haven Correctional Facility Prison Violence at Green Haven Correctional Facility

Brutality out of sight… out of mind?

Jun 5, 2024 / OppArt / Hector Manuel Rodriguez

Relatives and friends of Palestinians imprisoned in Israel lift signs at a rally calling for their release and the return of the bodies of those who died during incarceration, in Hebron in the occupied West Bank on February 27, 2024.

The Israeli Injustice Complex The Israeli Injustice Complex

How the military courts serve as one of Israel’s most effective and secretive weapons.

Jun 4, 2024 / Martin Garbus

Students set up an encampment in solidarity with Palestine at George Washington University with other area universities in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2024.

How to Build a Homeland Security Campus How to Build a Homeland Security Campus

An all-American pastime.

May 31, 2024 / Michael Gould-Wartofsky

The NYCLU Sues to Overturn a Landmark Sex Offender Law

The NYCLU Sues to Overturn a Landmark Sex Offender Law The NYCLU Sues to Overturn a Landmark Sex Offender Law

Advocates charge that New York’s restrictions for sex-offense registrants are “vague, expansive, and unnecessary.” On Tuesday, they filed a federal lawsuit to strike them down.

May 28, 2024 / Chris Gelardi and Sam Mellins

Rachel Herzing and Justin Piché, authors of the new book “How to Abolish Prisons: Lessons from the Movement against Imprisonment.”

The Work of Abolishing Prisons: A Q&A With Rachel Herzing and Justin Piché The Work of Abolishing Prisons: A Q&A With Rachel Herzing and Justin Piché

A conversation with Rachel Herzing and Justin Piché about their new book, How to Abolish Prisons: Lessons from the Movement Against Imprisonment.

May 9, 2024 / Q&A / Victoria Law

George W. Bush

When Will There Be Justice for the Survivors of Abu Ghraib? When Will There Be Justice for the Survivors of Abu Ghraib?

Twenty years later, the unforgettable images of torture at Abu Ghraib serve as a continuous reminder of the nature of American brutality in the War on Terror that has not ended.

May 7, 2024 / Maha Hilal

Donald Trump in court sitting at the defendant's table, flanked by his lawyers.

Does Donald Trump Want to Go to Jail? Does Donald Trump Want to Go to Jail?

I know, he’s a big man-baby and he’d hate even a minute of it. But his martyr complex could overcome his cowardice.

May 6, 2024 / Joan Walsh

A Lifetime Sentence: Imprisoned Minds

A Lifetime Sentence: Imprisoned Minds A Lifetime Sentence: Imprisoned Minds

Incarcerated people’s mental health is ignored.

Apr 26, 2024 / OppArt / Hector Manuel Rodriguez

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