George Washington and others sign the Constitution in 1787, depicted in an undated painting.
The founders of the United States viewed impeachment as a way to remind the country and president that he is not above the law and to deter abuses of power.
Hymn to the Goddess Nungal, on display at the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures at the University of Chicago.
Mesopotamia’s prisons were built for detaining people, not punishing them. But they shaped powerful ideas about justice and reform that aren’t so different from today’s.
The possibility of introducing mandatory prison sentences for prolific shoplifters has been mooted by government ministers.
Integrated offender management is a better way of dealing with shoplifters than prison.
NoViolet Bulawayo, Zimbabwean author of the politically charged novels We Need New Names and Glory.
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Writers have challenged oppression, exposed social injustices and advocated for political change.
Panic over supposed ‘super-predator’ teens ended years ago, but its consequences did not.
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Research on developing brains has helped bring about a sea change in attitudes toward juvenile life without parole. But many people who committed crimes as minors are still serving such sentences.
The death penalty has not been enforced in Ghana for over three decades.
Ghana is a signatory to several international conventions that oblige it to guarantee the right to life.
Clashes erupted in Senegal following the sentencing of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko to two years in prison for “corrupting the youth” in June 2023.
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President Macky Sall’s previous ambiguity on a third-term bid, perception of a weaponised justice system and arbitrary detention of opposition are the drivers of political violence in Senegal.
President Ramaphosa, right, receives the final report of the State Capture Commission from Judge Zondo in 2020.
The Zondo Commission was globally unique in scope and scale. The book selects and explains its key findings and recommendations.
After the Supreme Court began livestreaming its oral arguments in 2020, the public could listen in real time to the justices as they interact with attorneys.
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The Supreme Court has not yet committed to making livestreaming oral arguments a permanent part of its work. But this measure could lead to more transparency and possibly confidence in the court.
Trans rights are under attack in the U.S. Here, Jamiyah Morrison, 19, of Riverdale, Md., left, has rainbow makeup touched up by Niaomi Moshier, 21, while attending Transgender Day of Visibility rally in March in Washington, D.C.
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This year, there are more than 400 active anti-trans bills across the U.S. What do things look like in Canada? Are we a safe haven or are we following those same trends?
A new study finds sample episodes of the recently cancelled Police Ten 7 TV show disproportionately featured Māori and Pasifika suspects or offenders. It also under-represented Polynesian officers.
Protesters demonstrate against the conviction and death sentence of Richard Glossip.
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Despite support for clemency from Oklahoma’s top prosecutor, a death row inmate appears set to die on May 18.
Juvenile offenders face stigma once released.
Ghana needs a more effective approach to juvenile justice reform that considers the long-term impact of detention on youth offenders.
Black men disproportionately make up the US prison population.
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The US has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. When it comes to violent offenders and the Black community, the system isn’t working, argue criminologists.
People incarcerated at a county jail in North Dakota gather together.
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Experts still disagree about why the US prison population has grown so much over the last few decades. But crime is only one part of the problem.
Cells at Alcatraz, a famous former prison on an island off the coast of California.
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Prisons and jails have a long history, but they weren’t always used for the same kinds of punishment.
Pádraic (Colin Farrell) with his companion, Jenny the little donkey.
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Award season favourite The Banshees of Inisherin is a compelling exploration of justice and the chaotic extremes some will go to to get it.
A school sign wishing students a Happy New Year stands outside Richneck Elementary School on Jan. 7, 2023, in Newport News, Virginia, where a 6-year-old boy reportedly shot his teacher after an altercation.
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Extremely young school shooters are not believed to be capable of forming criminal intent.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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The impeachment process could derail Ramaphosa’s political career and seriously hurt the governing ANC’s electoral prospects in 2024.
Climate activists held demonstrations in front of International Convention Center to protest the negative effects of climate change.
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There were high expectations for COP27, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP conferences broadly provide a platform for the negotiation of international…