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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.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

How racist attitudes barely hide beneath the surface of 'tough on crime' policies.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2010, Source: AlterNet

University of Maryland police brutality case is a sobering reminder that an officer's word can carry tremendous weight against that of an average person.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Josh Stieber talks about how the disturbing video shouldn't be seen as a few soldiers behaving badly but as a sign of a broken system where the same 'outrages' will continue.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet

While a military spokesman denied the structures were meant to be mosques, he defended the use of props 'that replicate the environment [soldiers] will be deployed to.'

Posted on: Apr 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The most recent news from Afghanistan shows how deadly and dysfunctional the U.S. mission there is.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Seven-months-pregnant Malaika Brooks suffered repeated 50,000 volt shocks for refusing to sign a speeding ticket, and a federal court of appeals ruled it justified.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Piper Kerman's memoir reveals how prison changed her life, and why warehousing people who commit crimes is such a waste of human potential.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Fourteen state attorney generals are suing the federal government, charging it with a power-grabbing violation of the 10th Amendment. Can it possibly work?

Posted on: Mar 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Despite the many good elements in the health care bill, it deals a heavy blow to the pro-choice movement.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Glenn Greenwald calls the bill "probably the single most extremist, tyrannical and dangerous bill introduced in the Senate in the last several decades."

Posted on: Mar 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Promising solutions for international women's rights problems, the Daily Beast's 'Women in the World' conference ended up supporting the status quo for US foreign policy.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2010, Source: AlterNet

No one knows quite what to make of Colleen LaRose. But get ready to hear a lot more about "homegrown terrorism" -- and why we need more surveillance to stop it.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Conservatives are criticizing Liz Cheney's ugly ad portraying Obama's DOJ as an extension of al Qaeda. Is it partly because the DOJ has given them little to complain about?

Posted on: Mar 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Perry crushed his primary challengers this week and also signed off on the 211th execution of his gubernatorial career, breaking all TX history records.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Tapping into widespread thirst for a potential alternative to the Tea Party movement, the Coffee Party is launching real life, off-line, on-the-ground activity across the country.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

How much longer can we tolerate abuses of power by teachers and school officials in the name of 'zero tolerance' policies?

Posted on: Feb 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet

At the same time the Obama administration is talking about a dramatic "spending freeze," it's requesting more money to lock people up.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The new PR campaign has all the qualities of a George Orwell novel. Perhaps 'Operation Imperial Sunset' is a more appropriate name.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Starbucks has become a popular gathering spot for some Second Amendment crusaders, but the company is pretending it doesn't have the power to keep them out.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet

In a bizarre fundraising appeal, James O'Keefe's co-conspirator Hannah Giles claims ACORN is trying to 'destroy' her -- and invites you to donate $35 to $5,000 to her legal fund.