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Mass Incarceration

  1. art and soul
    MoMA PS1 Reopens to the Public With ‘Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration’Featuring art made by people in prisons as well as work by non-incarcerated artists.
  2. trans rights
    What Really Happened to Layleen Polanco?Polanco died in solitary confinement at Rikers last year. Now her family has reached a $5.9 million settlement with the city.
  3. wildfires
    California Has a Shortage of Imprisoned Firefighters. That’s Good.Fewer firefighters is a result of fewer prisoners.
  4. 2020 elections
    The ‘Tough on Crime’ TicketThe historical irony of a Biden-Harris ticket during a criminal-justice reckoning.
  5. bill de blasio
    Bill de Blasio Is Using New York’s Murder Rate to DemagogueThe mayor doesn’t know why murder rates have risen in the city. But he’s using them for political purposes anyway.
  6. veepstakes
    The ‘Law and Order’ TrapSome Democrats are agitating for Biden to try to get to the right of the Republican Party on crime. They shouldn’t.
  7. mass incarceration
    Pregnant Woman Held in Coronavirus-Ridden Jail Over Traffic ViolationsDiamond Davis was pulled over for driving with temporary plates, then had to spend the night in jail during a coronavirus outbreak.
  8. covid-19
    Who ‘Deserves’ Jail During a Pandemic?The Cook County Jail in Chicago is America’s biggest coronavirus hotspot. Why did we allow this?
  9. covid-19
    Rikers Island Reports Its First COVID-Related Prisoner DeathMichael Tyson, 53, had been locked up for a noncriminal, technical parole violation.
  10. coronavirus
    Coronavirus Fears Spark Prison Strikes, Protests, and Riots Around the WorldFrom Colombia to France to the U.S., prisoners are struggling to protect themselves where their jailers won’t.
  11. coronavirus
    Officials Are Using the Coronavirus to Expand the Criminal-Justice SystemOfficials are asking for — and doling out — increased law-enforcement power.
  12. coronavirus
    Rikers Island Prisoner Tests Positive for CoronavirusAdvocates have long warned about the deadly stakes of a jail or prison outbreak.
  13. democratic primaries
    Kim Foxx Wins Reelection in Chicago, Despite Jussie Smollett CaseOpponents’ efforts to make the race a referendum on the Jussie Smollett case appear to have failed.
  14. coronavirus
    Thank God David A. Clarke Isn’t Running a County Jail AnymoreHe really wants you to expose yourself to novel coronavirus.
  15. coronavirus
    Pandemics Are a Great Reason to De-carcerateCoronavirus could wreak havoc on jails and prisons. If their inhumane conditions weren’t a self-evident reason to shrink them, this should be.
  16. criminal justice
    On Criminal Justice, Biden Has No Moral Standing Over TrumpOne of Trump’s main general election strategies will be contrasting the two men’s records. And it looks bad for Biden.
  17. criminal justice
    Jussie Smollett Is a Distraction From Criminal-Justice Reform in ChicagoThe actor is in court again — on the eve of the Illinois elections.
  18. immigration
    Biden and Bernie Pivoted on Deportations. America Must Go Even Further.Temporary moratoriums and only deporting “violent criminals” isn’t enough.
  19. pardons
    The Lesson Trump Pardonees Learned in Prison: Prison Is Brutal and UnfairThe Trump era is marked by many people’s dawning realization of how awful prison is when they personally have to endure it.
  20. michael bloomberg
    Why ‘Stop and Frisk’ Hasn’t Arrested Bloomberg’s RiseThe former New York mayor’s ascension up the 2020 ranks, especially among black voters, seems incongruous. It’s not.
  21. criminal justice
    Trump Forgets That Criminal-Justice Reform Is His New BrandLast week, he was bragging about being forgiving. This week, he’s praising China for executing drug dealers.
  22. mass incarceration
    The Justice Department Investigates Mississippi PrisonsThirteen inmates have died since December 29.
  23. democratic primaries
    Amy Klobuchar’s Dismal Polling With Black Voters Should Be Even WorseMyon Burrell’s murder case has the Minneapolis NAACP and Black Lives Matter Twin Cities calling on the senator to suspend her campaign.
  24. mass incarceration
    These Are the Prisons America Asked ForThe recent violence at Parchman Farm was not just predictable. It was inevitable.
  25. criminal justice
    Chesa Boudin’s Challenge to San Francisco — and AmericaWhat happens when a district attorney candidate promises to upend what the criminal-justice system was designed to do?
  26. health care
    How America’s Health-Care System Makes Mass Incarceration WorseA report from AL.com and ProPublica unearths disturbing practices in Alabama.
  27. women's health
    A Woman Says She Was Forced to Give Birth in a Dirty Jail Cell, Completely AloneIn a new lawsuit, Diana Sanchez says authorities “callously made her labor alone for hours.”
  28. crime
    Cyntoia Brown Has Finally Been Released From PrisonAfter serving 15 years of a life sentence for killing a man who paid her for sex when she was 16.
  29. justice
    The Death Penalty Is a Farce. William Barr’s Plan Might Make It Torturous.Capital punishment in America is racist and punishes innocent people at unconscionable rates. William Barr’s plan to use pentobarbital makes it worse.
  30. obits
    RIP Mark Kleiman, a Wonk Whose Work MatteredWe’ve lost one of our greatest thinkers on drug and crime policy, just when we need his counsel most.
  31. vision 2020
    Biden Seeks to Cleanse His Record With Criminal-Justice-Reform ProposalJust as Biden once sought “cover” with tough-on-crime policies, he’s now reversing course to protect his status with African-American voters.
  32. justice
    Bryan Stevenson on His ‘Not Entirely Rational’ Quest for JusticeThe attorney and activist on how America’s racial sins live on in our criminal justice system — and his belief that a transformation is possible.
  33. so you want to be president
    Elizabeth Warren Wants to Ban ‘Corrupt and Inhumane’ Private PrisonsPrivate prisons are notoriously abusive. Elizabeth Warren says she’s got a plan for that.
  34. prisons
    Prison Is Torture. Voting Is Self-Defense.If prisoners continue to be barred from voting, the American electorate will continue drowning them in human-rights atrocities.
  35. vision 2020
    Can Progressives Forgive Kamala Harris Her Past Moderation?Harris saved her outspoken progressivism for the 2020 presidential campaign. Will the “long game” she pursued as a prosecutor hurt her?
  36. 2020 presidential election
    Could Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams Form an Early Dream Ticket for 2020?There’s no real evidence to suggest it’s in the works, but it’s a fascinating possibility that could appeal to both pols.
  37. the democrats
    Advice to Reformed ‘Tough on Crime’ Democrats: Be HonestJoe Biden and Kamala Harris built their careers on crime and punishment. The reckoning should be honest rather than politically expedient.
  38. 2020 elections
    Biden’s Baggage Could Be a Heavy Lift in 2020Problems with Biden’s record go far beyond the 1994 crime bill and Anita Hill. His longevity in politics is a treasure trove for his foes.
  39. prisons
    The Problem With Prison Isn’t Steak and Pie on HolidaysOutrage over federal prisoners being fed well on New Year’s Day while prison workers go unpaid due to the shutdown is ridiculous.
  40. criminal justice reform
    The First Step Act Deserves Your SkepticismTuesday’s celebrated bipartisan criminal-justice reform bill rests on an extremely fragile foundation.
  41. criminal justice reform
    Will Mitch McConnell Stand Tall for the Lock-Em-All-Up Racists of His Party?Trump could probably get his son-in-law’s prison-/sentencing-reform compromise through the Senate with a call to McConnell — but he may not even try.
  42. bipartisanship
    Republicans and Democrats Can Agree. Mass Incarceration Is Proof.Trump is being hailed for unifying Republicans and Democrats around criminal justice. But the parties have rarely been that divided on this issue.
  43. shane bauer
    Shane Bauer Talks Working Undercover at a Private PrisonIn a new book, the investigative reporter toggles between the grim present and brutal history of for-profit incarceration in America.
  44. criminal justice reform
    America’s Prisoners Are on Strike. We Can’t Afford to Deny Their Demands.Our nation’s mass incarceration habit is morally and financially bankrupting us. This week, America’s inmates are staging an intervention.
  45. Reformer Ousts St. Louis Prosecutor Who Didn’t Charge Cop in Michael Brown CaseA progressive, former public defender just beat a seven-term prosecutor who was famous for being tough on criminal defendants (unless they were cops).
  46. ‘Sheriff Joe’ and Everyday American AuthoritarianismTo see what racist tyranny would look like in the U.S., liberals don’t need to look into Europe’s history — only deeper into this country’s present.
  47. Can Trump and Sessions Kill Criminal-Justice Reform? Probably Not.While Trump’s election showed a return to “backlash” criminal-justice policies was politically feasible, state and local decision-makers matter more.
  48. Black Lives Matters’ Defense Attorney Is About to Become Philadelphia’s DAJeff Sessions has killed criminal-justice reform on the federal level. But in America’s fifth-largest city, it lives on.
  49. Chelsea Manning and the False Logic of Harsh Prison SentencesThe idea that shorter periods of incarceration encourage crime is the myth that fuels the American prison state.
  50. receipts
    Ava DuVernay Prison Doc Calls Out Trump, Clinton“I didn’t go undercover. This is just widely available information that’s put in one place.”
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