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Jails and Prisons

Jails and Prisons news and analysis from The Nation

  • August 9, 2007

    Stars and Bars

    How did the American criminal justice system go so wrong?

    Daniel Lazare

  • July 12, 2007

    Pardon Whom?

    Dear George Bush: Don't stop with Scooter Libby. Why not go all the way and pardon everyone unfairly held behind bars?

    Katha Pollitt

  • January 29, 2007

    The Sounds of Silence

    Voting is a privilege and a responsibility that every American bears. Allowing prisoners to vote will keep us honest.

    Walter Mosley

  • January 5, 2007

    Incarceration Nation

    America now leads the world in the number of people behind bars. But hope is emerging that state governments and the courts will seek to hold back the hand of the carceral state.

    Silja J.A. Talvi

  • June 25, 2006

    Generation Lockdown

    California's juvenile justice system is broken everywhere you look. An ambitious plan for reform could bring much-needed improvements, but does it go far enough?

    Mark Sorkin

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  • June 21, 2006

    ‘They Deserve It’

    Prison rape is not a dirty joke; it's one of the most frequent and widespread human rights abuses in America.

    Dan Bell

  • December 15, 2005

    Left to Die

    If a society is measured by the treatment of its prisoners, we are in deeper trouble in New Orleans than we realize. The biggest prison crisis since Attica is now unfolding in the devastated city, with inmates jammed into inadequate facilities, often abused and unrepresented by attorneys or advocates.

    Billy Sothern

  • December 14, 2005

    Two Prisoners Named Williams

    The lives and deaths of two prisoners intersected this week--Stanley Tookie Williams and Richard Williams, flawed men whose political perspectives and pursuit of personal redemption were inspired by a radical social consciousness.

    Dan Berger

  • December 8, 2005

    Seeds of Abu Ghraib

    Americans wondered how Army Specialist Charles Graner could torture detainees in the gruesome Abu Ghraib scandal. In war, people do things that would otherwise be unthinkable. But this former corrections officer with a record of spousal abuse has always been at war.

    Sasha Abramsky

  • December 2, 2005

    Ban Torture or Protect Torturers?

    A showdown looms in Congress this week over two competing measures involving bedrock human and legal rights: John McCain's legislation to ban all forms of torture and Lindsey Graham's proposal to strip federal courts of the power to hear habeas corpus appeals by terror suspects.

    Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith