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Posted on: Nov 15, 2013, Source: The Nation

The number of prisoners serving life for nonviolent crimes is truly staggering.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2013, Source: The Nation

The prison industry is more lucrative than you think.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2013, Source: The Nation

Obama’s attorney general promised a new approach to criminal justice—but prosecutors can still block meaningful change.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2012, Source: The Nation

The same jurors who sealed his fate have had a dramatic change of heart.

Posted on: May 10, 2012, Source: The Nation

Trina Garnett accidentally set a fatal fire when she was 14. That was in 1976. Could a Supreme Court ruling on juvenile life without parole finally bring her home?

Posted on: Mar 21, 2012, Source: The Nation

The Supreme Court will decide whether a juvenile should go to prison for life, weighing which is worth more -- a child or his/her first crime?

Posted on: Aug 11, 2011, Source:

The country's largest maximum security prison features a private golf course, an evangelical Christian warden, and has been compared to a slave plantation.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2011, Source:

Capital punishment is supposed to bring closure to victims' families, but ignores the wishes of those who prefer forgiveness.

Posted on: May 12, 2011, Source: The Nation

"The manner in which Texas carries out the execution of human beings is riskier, less transparent, and has less oversight than the euthanasia of cats, dogs, birds, lizards."

Posted on: Mar 18, 2011, Source:

Days after the death penalty was abolished in Illinois, David Protess, a professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism for 29 years, has lost his job.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2011, Source:

Even prisoner advocacy groups focus mainly on the conditions of confinement, without necessarily questioning sentences that drive prisoners to despair.

Posted on: May 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. government can now keep prisoners in custody who have not necessarily been convicted of a crime, based on suspicions of "future dangerousness."

Posted on: May 17, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The Supreme Court has given a second chance to juveniles serving life without parole for non-homicide crimes.

Posted on: May 13, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Hatemongers in Arizona are now taking aim at kids by trying to kill a program that's bolstered academic achievement by Latino students.

Posted on: May 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Here's a fuller portrait of Kagan's background and what makes her tick.

Posted on: May 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Lieberman's latest assault on constitutional rights: a proposal to circumvent due process for U.S. citizens by conveniently stripping their citizenship.

Posted on: May 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

As calls continue to boycott Arizona over its racist immigration law, many are focusing on Major League Baseball, where nearly a third of the players are Latino.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Arizona's draconian anti-immigration law will create a chilling effect in the very communities police officers rely on to fight crime.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

It's absurd to buttonhole Comedy Central when U.S. troops are occupying two Muslim nations and bombing a third.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The Supreme Court's 8-1 ruling comes down to protecting the depiction of a gruesome act on 1st Amendment grounds, not the legality of the gruesome act itself.