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Dana Liebelson

This Is Why Americans Have No Idea What Really Happens In Prisons | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Kalief Browder killed himself last month after being held for three years without trial at Rikers Island, Americans took notice. Hi...

Ending Bail As We Know It

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Sen. Daylin Leach

The concept of bail is a long-standing part of our criminal justice system. Bail is specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution and actually originated in ancient Rome. But it has changed over the years and it no longer works.

Reforming Our Justice System Will Require Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances

Christine Leonard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

As Congress and the nation are increasingly focused on the need for systemic reform, the Coalition and its partners, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe we are on the cusp of meaningful change, through fair sentencing and fair chances.

Samantha Lachman

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Goes Out Of His Way To Denounce Solitary Confinement | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Anthony Kennedy agreed with the majority in a capital punishment case Thursday. But in an unusual move, he dedicated almost all ...

Smart Justice -- Begins With Health Equity

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Smart Justice is a banner many state law enforcement and criminal justice stakeholders utilize to drive prison reform. Whatever strategies and program...

Matt Ferner

Jailhouse Snitch Tapes Reveal How Cops Recruited A Serial Murderer | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- Law enforcement officers linked to a tainted jailhouse snitch program in Orange County, California, once told an informant that after w...

Mental illness and Slow Death by Solitary Confinement

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 06.12.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

On June 7th, the American prison system took another life. Kalief Browder had not been confined behind the walls of a prison for several months, but the system remains largely responsible for his death nonetheless.

Why We Need a Paradigm Shift in Mental Health Care: The Case for Recovery Now!

Leah Harris | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Leah Harris

We need sound policies that promote recovery for all Americans affected by mental health conditions. We don't have the luxury of continuing to get this wrong. Too many individuals, families, and systems are in crisis, and it doesn't have to be this way. We need recovery, and we need it now.

The Kalief Browder Case: First We Blame, Then We Reform

Steven Brill | Posted 06.12.2015 | Crime
Steven Brill

At the age of 19, Kalief was released back into the world. Just this week [update timing], Mr. Browder, now 22, hung himself. He took his own life, but there are those who say it was the system that killed him.

Josh Duggar and the Myth of Juvenile Justice

Thea Johnson | Posted 06.11.2015 | Crime
Thea Johnson

We are rightly frustrated by what happened with Josh Duggar. But we should direct that collective frustration and anger towards building new and better ways to rehabilitate children who commit crimes and to help their victims.

Five Game-Changing Peacebuilding Policies

Matthew Albracht | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Matthew Albracht

The science and practice of peacebuilding and conflict resolution have transcended where we presently invest our collective time, money and energy. Our social policies urgently need to catch up with proven capacities to turn these challenges around.

If I Could Talk to Kalief Browder

Shaka Senghor | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime
Shaka Senghor

The news of your death is heartbreaking. It has stirred my soul and inspired me to action. It is soul stirring because I refuse to let your death be in vain. I cannot, shall not and will not allow your story to go quietly away.

What to Watch for in the FIFA Case, Part 1: Pretrial Publicity

Kevin Sali | Posted 06.05.2015 | Crime
Kevin Sali

It doesn't have to be this way. Although the First Amendment and the strong American free press tradition make it difficult to put limits on private media actors, the government doesn't have to pile on.

Juvenile Justice and the War on Teens

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

Despite the enormous investment by governments at every level in court and penal systems, they don't work. That is to say, they make matters worse.

What to Watch for in the FIFA Case: Introduction

Kevin Sali | Posted 06.02.2015 | Crime
Kevin Sali

The recently announced case alleging corruption within FIFA, soccer's international governing body, will be prominently featured in the legal headlines in the coming months and years. That case comes at an opportune time for those interested in critiquing the American criminal justice system.

40 Reasons Why Our Jails Are Full of Black And Poor People

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail. Most of the people inside are poor and Black. Here are 40 reasons why.

Turning Around the Era of Incarceration Generation

Marc Schindler | Posted 06.01.2015 | Crime
Marc Schindler

The political landscape has changed dramatically, and leaders from all across the spectrum are finally embracing "smart on crime" reforms to reduce the costs and size of a criminal justice system widely recognized to be broken and ineffective.

Citing Wrong Standard, Supreme Court Tosses Facebook Threat Conviction

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

The Elonis v. United States opinion, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, and joined by all others except Justice Clarence Thomas, sidestepped issues of both the Internet and the First Amendment, focusing instead on criminal intent.

One Day in Court: All the Justice You Can Afford

Pia de Jong | Posted 05.28.2015 | Crime
Pia de Jong

-- Illustration by Eliane Gerrits "You have the right to remain silent," says the judge, sitting at a high podium in front of a monume...

President's Task Force a Springboard for Policing Reforms

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

While the Task Force's final report, released this week, does include some smart recommendations that could improve the criminal justice system, they missed two key opportunities to reform police practices.

Black Former Cop: Here's The Truth About Race And Policing

Vox | Redditt Hudson | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices

On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent ...

Shifting American Police From Warriors to Guardians

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 05.27.2015 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

The entrenched police warrior model in many American police departments can operate in a manner similar to a domestic military service, where hard policing tactics like confrontation and use of force are primary tools relied upon to achieve desired crime control objectives.

Robbed Twice: First By Criminals, Then By Cops

The Intercept | Juan M. Thompson | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics

One evening last month, as custodian Tracy Martin took in a Detroit Pistons game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, her cell phone rang. “They’re towi...

Criminal Justice Reform Demands Political Leadership, Not Editorials

David Rothenberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
David Rothenberg

Across the nation, there has been a recent barrage of media reports, in progressive as well as conservative publications, advocating and applauding reforms in the criminal justice system.

Real Criminal Justice Reform Requires Listening to Those Most Commonly Impacted by Crime

Lenore Anderson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Lenore Anderson

Growing political unity on the Left and Right on the need for criminal justice reform is an important development. But if bipartisanship fails to incorporate the experiences and voices of those previously ignored, it won't lead to the breakthrough we need.