Locked Up in America - Archive
A newly unveiled bipartisan plan would be among the most significant criminal justice reform legislation in decades.
October 1, 2015
California has agreed to place limits on how long prisoners can spend in solitary confinement, and review the cases of thousands who are currently in isolation.
September 1, 2015
States across the country have started rethinking the use of solitary confinement. For inmates like Stephen Kirkley, one of the worst behaved inmates at the Maine State Prison, that means a transfer out of solitary to the prison's mental health unit.
June 15, 2015
Christel Tribble says she wants to be on "American Idol," or maybe even become a detective someday. But in Beecher Terrace -- a housing project where around one in six people cycle in and out of prison every year -- the odds seem stacked against her.
June 8, 2015
Roughly 100 inmates under the age of 21 will be removed from solitary following a decision to end the practice at the city's primary detention facility.
January 14, 2015
It's getting more difficult — and more expensive — to execute condemned prisoners.
December 18, 2014
In the last six or seven years, states have begun to consider new approaches to juvenile offenders, backed by research showing that incarceration actually increases the chances a young person will commit another crime.
December 17, 2014
Some senators want to eliminate penalties for states who won't comply. It's the latest setback for a decade-old law intended to curb what the UN says is a "widespread" problem in U.S. prisons and jails.
December 3, 2014
Despite a dramatic boom in incarceration rates, a new report finds that the deterrent effect of tough-on-crime policies remain "highly uncertain."
May 1, 2014
It’s hard for felons to start over. Among states and cities, and even some companies, there's a growing movement to change that.
April 29, 2014
The civil rights advocate and scholar on why the U.S. turned to mass incarceration, and the impact it has today.
April 29, 2014
The governor today plans to sign into law a package of reforms to the state's juvenile justice program on Friday, the latest step in Kentucky's effort to overhaul its criminal justice system.
April 25, 2014