Category: Law, Crime, & Justice

Victoria Law: Going Home

On October 6, the Justice Department announced that nearly 6,000 people in federal prisons will be going home early. The move, U.S. officials told the Washington Post, is an effort to both reduce overcrowding and to provide relief to people who received harsh drug war sentences over the past three decades. In 2014, the U.S. Read more…

Rebecca Gordon: Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Kabul in America

Matthew Friedman: As Many Americans Have Criminal Records As College Diplomas

The number of Americans with a criminal history has risen sharply over the past three decades. Today, nearly one-third of the adult working age population has a criminal record. In fact, so many Americans have a criminal record that counting them all is nearly impossible. According to a 2012 Department of Justice survey, state criminal Read more…

Karen Dolan: The Harsh Reality of ‘Ban the Box’ Reform Efforts

One in three Americans has a criminal record. That’s one hundred million Americans

Les Leopold: Why Does America Have More Prisoners Than Any Police State?

America has become incarceration nation

Debra Loevy: Do Indian Lives Matter? Police Violence Against Native Americans

Our legal system is stacked against Native Americans, and that system is the culmination of a long history of oppression

Dara Lind: One chart that puts mass inarceration in historical context

The current incarceration rate isn’t just higher than what came immediately before it — it’s drastically higher than at any other time in American history

Auset Marian Lewis: Solitary Confinement: Parsing “Cruel and Unusual”

Solitary confinement is viewed as torture on the world stage, but the United States is still parsing the Eighth Amendment to do nothing about it.

John Feffer: Mouth Wide Shut

Under Obama, whistleblowers face a total of 751 months behind bars — compared to 24 months for all other whistleblowers combined since the American Revolution

Marcus Harrison Green: Anti-Racist Organizers Win as Seattle Council Votes to End Youth Incarceration

The resolution, which passed unanimously, endorses the goal of having no kids in detention in Seattle. It’s a move that chips away at the school-to-prison pipeline

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