In the 1790s, penal reformers rebuilt America's squalid jails as airy, hygienic places meant to keep residents – and by extension society – healthy. Now they're hotbeds of COVID-19. What went wrong?
This year's oversight report into the penitentiary system shows that long-standing problems have become entrenched in Canada's federal prisons.
More and more district attorney candidates are running on reversing the government's traditional approach to crime and punishment. And they’re winning.
Putting more people in prison is not the answer to reducing crime. New fair and bias free assessment tools may help.
Several presidential hopefuls have offered proposals to close the racial wealth gap, from baby bonds to reparations. A simulation suggests policies short of direct aid to blacks won't do the trick.
Muslims make up 9% of France's population and half of all its prisoners – many convicted on drug charges. But social justice isn't part of the country's growing debate on legalization.
This state law is leaving up to a million people unable to participate in elections who might have gotten relief through an amendment voters approved. Critics call it a modern-day poll tax.
A study of over 700,000 state and local drug arrests shows that two out of three cases involve a small amount of illegal drugs.
Scudder's approach was grounded in trust and mutual respect. There would be no guards, no weapons, no walls and no uniforms.
The first truth commission to research lynchings has been established in Maryland. It has the potential to educate the public about and support racial reconciliation. But it also faces obstacles.
Half a century after the federal government voided Jim Crow laws, the criminal justice system still discriminates against African Americans.
Legislation requiring that all criminal debt associated with a citizen's conviction be repaid would leave thousands of people unable to cast ballots.
Through stories of redemption, a professor who oversees a Maryland prison education program says the time has come to restore federal financial aid for America's incarcerated.
Negative statistics about black students may be prevalent, but they are often out of context, misleading or just plain wrong, a professor of counseling psychology argues.
A historian reminds us that protests in prisons are often followed by retaliation.
Programs that allow individuals to be supervised in the community instead of in prison are growing in a way that is not sustainable and is contributing to mass incarceration rather than relieving it.
These partnerships between investors, governments and nonprofits are a new way to pay for programs and services that help people in need and address intractable problems like mass incarceration.
Just as with so many other criminal justice policies, pretrial detention disproportionately affects African-American men and women, destabilizing black families in the process.
Digitized state records help to tell the stories of African-American prisoners in the 19th and 20th century.
After a fire killed 66 inmates at a Venezuelan jail in March, news stories portrayed the country's prisons as lawless. The real backstory of this deadly riot is more complex — and maybe a bit scarier.