Despite the enactment of justice reforms in many states, the nation’s prison and jail population has dropped only slightly in recent years. Well over two million people remain behind bars, and there has been little dent in the “mass incarceration” that that has been criticized by many on both the left and the right.
As women go to jail in record numbers, who's watching out for their kids? No one.
The United States professes a belief in blind justice while eagerly distributing photos of its accused. It’s not that police departments in England and Canada don’t collect photographs of people they’ve arrested; they just release them only on occasion.
The new presidential administration has given mixed messages, sometimes using strong rhetoric about increasing criminal penalties, but other times speaking with thoughtfulness about expanding treatment for opioid addiction.
By all indications, Jeff Sessions aims to bring back the Reagan-era war on drugs, a generational struggle that has imprisoned millions and has been wrongheaded at best, racially discriminatory at worst.
Criminal justice reform is happening all across the country—reducing jail and prison populations through alternative sentencing. However, most professionals engaged in reform are focused solely on the perpetrators of crime, not the victims.
Virginia prosecutors hid exculpatory evidence and defied a federal judge in a death-penalty case. Will the Supreme Court let them get away with it?
This family photo shows Richard Tavera with younger family members. Tavera, who was bipolar and had a history of depression, committed suicide in 2014 in a Georgia prison. The circumstances surrounding Tavera’s death on that December night in 2014 are now the basis of federal lawsuits.
Uniting grassroots leaders and elected officials to build empathy for those impacted by the criminal justice system.
Children of incarcerated parents are at risk for future financial insecurity, food insecurity, lack of healthcare and low education, according to Hagan, who also noted the role race plays in the outcomes of at risk youth.
There are an estimated 94,000 children in Louisiana who have or have had an incarcerated parent. Many of those incarcerated parents have parents. They have siblings, significant others, spouses. All those people together form a sizable demographic, one that should be able to demand more family-friendly policies.
Since the mid-1990s, legislators have devised increasingly byzantine rules for those who have been punished. That ever-tightening leash has produced unintended outcomes with an almost mechanical predictability.
“One of the best ways that someone can move on after they’ve been released from prison is their ability to eat and take care of themselves,”
If people in their twenties are a lot like adolescents socially and biologically, should they really be considered full adults under the law? Many advocates who work directly with this population say no.
Giving inmates the ability to set themselves apart from those who choose to continue to misbehave would give an inmate a reason to care about his future.