In the last few months, the soon to be retired California Governor Jerry Brown has commuted the sentences of 20 murderers who were serving life without parole. But that’s only a small fraction of the impact he’s made on criminal justice reform during his time in office, according to the Washington Post.
This is the sound of a prison strike rally: a crowd in front of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn making as much noise as possible so that prisoners participating in a national strike could hear them inside.
I won’t ever forget the photo of the minutes-old murder a prisoner at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina sent me. It wasn’t a high-quality picture. But I could clearly see the blood, which covered the white clothes of a bearded inmate looking in the direction of the camera. I could see the desperation in…
Lawyers for former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said in court filings on Thursday that, now that his bail has been revoked over allegations of tampering with witnesses, he’s currently being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, excluding visits from his attorneys.
Four pieces of bread. Only one packet each of peanut butter and jelly. And also you’re in prison. What to do? Watch and learn.
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, left a DC courtroom on Friday on his way to jail.
Welcome to the opioid-fueled prison industrial complex.
Edward Minor had a paper due for his English class on income inequality at Wayne County Community College in Detroit. He’d completed all the research and knew what he wanted to write. The main issue was time—he only had a few hours.
Did you know that poor people who receive healthcare through Medicaid routinely get stripped of their coverage if they end up in jail—even if they haven’t been convicted of a crime? Neither did I, until this morning.
There are not many people left who support harsher sentencing laws than the ones that have already led to our system of mass incarceration which disproportionately affects people of color. But someone who does is Bill Otis, and Donald Trump has made him one of his four nominees to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
The United States has many ways to confine young people accused of breaking the law. We keep young people in juvenile detention centers, in strict long-term secure facilities, in residential treatment centers, in group homes, and in adult prisons and jails.
Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durban have been trying for years to pass a criminal justice reform bill that would, among other things, axe the three-strike penalty, reduce mandatory minimum sentences, and introduce programs meant to rehabilitate prisoners. It has never gone anywhere.
America’s cash bail system ensures that thousands of people who have not been convicted of a crime nevertheless sit in jail before their trial. A new study finds that pretrial detention is warping our justice system in profound ways.
Over 130,000 adults combined in Florida and North Carolina are banned from reading The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander’s award-winning book about the effects of mass incarceration, according to a report by The New York Times.
This is the time of year when you do nice things for others. Here is a very nice thing you can do today, and it will only take a minute.
San Quentin is beautiful from the outside. It sits on a sun-drenched point jutting out into San Francisco Bay, a short drive north from the Golden Gate Bridge, at the end of a small road overlooking the water. Right up to its front gate sit quaint houses with spectacular views, which go for around a million dollars…
The U.S. prison system today is not about detaining a small group of dangerous individuals. Over the past 30 years, we have grown addicted to incarceration, relying on it as the solution to all of our social problems.
The open-air Tent City Jail made infamous by ousted Maricopa County, AZ, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was officially shut down this weekend, more than two decades after the controversial complex first opened its doors.
Gary Otte is scheduled to be executed by the state of Ohio on Wednesday. In what will likely be one of his last acts, he sent us the following essay.
Every day, nearly half a million people await trial in a jail cell because they can’t afford to pay bail. It’s the result of a system that favors the rich while punishing the poor.