The Attica uprising marked a milestone in the prisoners’ rights movement. Many of the grievances aired in 1971 are still relevant to today’s incarcerated population.
An experimental program to provide a college education in prison is about to increase its reach. Is there evidence that it will pay off?
Nearly half of formerly incarcerated Americans remain jobless for at least a year. But there are some creative solutions to this problem.
A cannabis decriminalization bill approved by the House is a sign from Congress that sentiment around the drug is evolving, but it misses a chance to regulate marijuana for the good of all Americans.
For the first time since 1994, incarcerated individuals can get federal aid to pay for college. A prison education scholar explains how higher education helps those who have run afoul of the law.
Possessing heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. The idea is to get people with problem drug use help, not punishment.
Reform-minded prosecutors across the US notched victories against traditional law-and-order candidates by running on progressive platforms to reduce mass incarceration and tackle police misconduct.
Violence in the criminal-justice system isn’t limited to police. It’s time to pay more attention to violent deaths within state prisons.
More than 40,000 restrictions, most imposed by states, leave rights, benefits and opportunities out of reach for Americans with past convictions.
Half a century after the federal government voided Jim Crow laws, the criminal justice system still discriminates against African Americans.
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.