Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to 51 years in prison when just 16 years old.
Courtesy of Netflix
Dan Birman, director of the new Netflix feature documentary 'Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story,' discusses his filmmaking process and the importance of the case.
Calls for help at Chicago’s Cook County jail, where hundreds of inmates and staff have COVID-19, April 9, 2020.
Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images
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?
Marijuana decriminalization won’t end arrests.
Decriminalizing medical and recreational marijuana may exacerbate racial inequality within the criminal justice system, among other things.
Kamala Harris’ campaign fizzled as her past as a prosecutor haunted her candidacy.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
More and more district attorney candidates are running on reversing the government's traditional approach to crime and punishment. And they’re winning.
The US is one of a few countries that still uses private prisons.
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
Private prisons have long been a topic of controversy in the U.S. A professor of sociology explains what they are and why they matter.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, signed the measure state lawmakers approved.
AP Photo/Steve Cannon
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.
Vulnerable children caught up in the criminal justice system can suffer long-lasting consequences, even from a short period behind bars.
Children are still being held in police cells and juvenile detention for low-range offences, under alarming conditions. Here's how their mental health and future prospects suffer.
We have such romantic notions of being finally appreciated on Mother’s Day that some mothers feel disappointed. Perhaps we should shift the idea of what Mother’s Day can be.
Mother's Day was originally a call for peace and justice. Some are advocating it be returned to a day of action and reflection.
Florida enfranchisement leader Desmond Meade registered to vote in January 2019.
AP Photo/John Raoux
Legislation requiring that all criminal debt associated with a citizen's conviction be repaid would leave thousands of people unable to cast ballots.
Former Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks with inmates.
AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb
In a pilot program, older prisoners sentenced to life mentor younger prisoners who have a chance to lead productive, lawful lives when they get out. The focus is on healing trauma.
Jared Kushner speaks about criminal justice reform.
It's not so unusual that Democrats and Republicans converge on criminal justice, at least on the surface. Deep disagreements still remain.
Youth detention center in Atlanta.
AP Photo/David Goldman
A neuroscientist explains how detention can affect a developing mind, as a new law in California sets the highest age limit in the US for minors to be held criminally responsible, at age 12.
Gavin McInnes speaks on stage with members of the Proud Boys.
Law enforcement's historical tendency to treat crimes committed by white power groups as isolated incidents has allowed them to flourish.
People in Miami learn about Amendment 4.
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
New research shows that when ex-offenders are told they're able to vote, their attitudes about democracy and justice improve.
In many places across the US, law prohibits people with felony convictions to serve on juries. Research puts the thinking behind these laws to the test.
Los Angeles County women’s jail in Lynwood, California.
A new public opinion survey reveals Americans largely agree on sentencing reform, and how money spent on prisons could be reinvested in communities.
Concrete action steps are needed to help reconciliation, says a research team that offers 12 actionable ideas. Here Ben Paul, of the Musqueam First Nation, sings and plays a drum during the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, B.C., on Sept. 24, 2017, held to promote positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
It's been three years since the TRC released its report on the lasting impact of residential schools in Canada but responses to the 94 Calls to Action have been slow. A new framework hopes to change that.
Even the most humanely designed prisons have negative effects on the people living and working inside.
A wealth of research suggests prisons have serious detrimental effects on prisoners and prison workers.
San Bernardino County Probation officers search a parolee room for drugs and arms.
AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
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.
The U.S. leads the world in the rate of incarceration.
Stanley Andrisse was once branded a career criminal and served time in prison. Today, he is a professor at two medical schools and an advocate for higher education for those who've served time.