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Senators Seek to Curb Federal Prison Sentences for Drug Crimes
A newly unveiled bipartisan plan would be among the most significant criminal justice reform legislation in decades.
October 1, 2015
California Agrees to Overhaul Solitary Confinement in Prisons
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
Locked Up In America: Stephen's Story
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
Locked Up In America: Christel's Story
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
New York City Ends Solitary for Inmates Under 21
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
Why the Death Penalty Is on the Decline
It's getting more difficult — and more expensive — to execute condemned prisoners.
December 18, 2014
Why States Are Changing Course on Juvenile Crime
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
Will Congress Gut Law to Eliminate Prison Rape?
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
New Report Slams "Unprecedented" Growth in US Prisons
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
For Some Felons, a Better Chance to Break the Re-entry Cycle
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
Michelle Alexander: "A System of Racial and Social Control"
The civil rights advocate and scholar on why the U.S. turned to mass incarceration, and the impact it has today.
April 29, 2014
In Latest Reform, Kentucky Softens Approach to Juvenile Offenders
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
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