mass incarceration

The Pandemic Economy in American Prisons

The Pandemic Economy in American Prisons

On Sunday afternoon, 45 people incarcerated at Rikers Island released a statement declaring that they would not be leaving their rooms for work or meals due to the jail’s inadequate response to the

Coronavirus risk looms large for America’s elderly and sick prison population

America’s rapidly aging prison population is a crisis made worse by coronavirus.
Responding to COVID-19 Outbreak Concerns, County Jails and Police Departments Look to Minimize Number of Inmates, Arrests

Responding to COVID-19 Outbreak Concerns, County Jails and Police Departments Look to Minimize Number of Inmates, Arrests

Jails and police departments around the country are releasing inmates early and reducing arrests in order to reduce the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak among those behind bars.Read more...
What Would a World Without Prisons Be Like?

What Would a World Without Prisons Be Like?

On The New Yorker’s Politics and More Podcast, Kai Wright, of WNYC, sits down with two advocates of prison abolition to discuss the why and the how of decarceration.
The Alternative Oscars, 2020 Edition

The Alternative Oscars, 2020 Edition

On the New Yorker Radio Hour, David Remnick hosts Richard Brody for the Alternative Oscars, Kai Wright talks to prison abolitionists about decarceration, and Isaac Chotiner interviews Ezra Klein.
Why aren't more conservatives concerned about felon voting rights?

Why aren't more conservatives concerned about felon voting rights?

I've been a huge fan of Elizabeth Warren since I saw her yelling at a cop during the 2012 Boston Pride Parade. I generally think that her past history as a Republican should actually be a selling
Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”

Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”

In 2010, Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book spelled out how mass incarceration harms communities of color. Assessing its impact, she looks back, and forward, with David Remnick.
Mass Incarceration, Then and Now

Mass Incarceration, Then and Now

David Remnick and Kai Wright co-host an episode of the New Yorker Radio Hour about prison. Michelle Alexander contemplates the influence of “The New Jim Crow,” and Reginald Dwayne Betts reads from
Jay-Z, Roc Nation File Federal Lawsuit Against Mississippi Prison Officials for Violent Conditions, 'Failure to Meet Basic Human Rights'

Jay-Z, Roc Nation File Federal Lawsuit Against Mississippi Prison Officials for Violent Conditions, 'Failure to Meet Basic Human Rights'

I’ve never spent a day of my life in prison, but after a recent rash of stabbings and violent attacks led to the deaths of five inmates housed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, I’m pretty sure
Bloomberg Campaign Says It’ll Cut Ties With a Company That Used Prison Labor

Bloomberg Campaign Says It’ll Cut Ties With a Company That Used Prison Labor

"We didn't know about this and we never would have allowed it if we had,” Bloomberg spokesperson Julie Wood said in a statement.
Tennessee Supreme Court Puts Execution of Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman on Hold Amid Concerns of Racial Bias

Tennessee Supreme Court Puts Execution of Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman on Hold Amid Concerns of Racial Bias

For the first time since resuming capital punishment last year, the Tennessee Supreme Court has pumped the brakes on an execution scheduled for April 16. Read more...
Appalachia vs. the Carceral State

Appalachia vs. the Carceral State

The group’s first meeting was in March 2016 at Tom Sexton’s house, a spacious three-bedroom apartment a few doors down from the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library on Main Street in Whitesburg,
Everyone Knows Why Inmates Are Dying in Alabama Prisons. No One Knows How to Fix It

Everyone Knows Why Inmates Are Dying in Alabama Prisons. No One Knows How to Fix It

Alabama runs the most violent prison system in America. Inmates in Alabama’s prisons are killed at nearly nine times the national rate. Families have been devastated. The state doesn’t seem to have
Patrisse Cullors, LA Reform Jails Tackle Mental Health, Mass Incarceration with Mental Health Matters Summit + Day Party

Patrisse Cullors, LA Reform Jails Tackle Mental Health, Mass Incarceration with Mental Health Matters Summit + Day Party

In its commitment to addressing the failures of the prison industrial complex—as it pertains to mental health, drug dependency, chronic homelessness, and other issues—Patrisse Cullors, founder of
Innocence Project New Orleans: A Man Wrongly Imprisoned for 42 Years Is Forced to Trade the Truth for His Freedom

Innocence Project New Orleans: A Man Wrongly Imprisoned for 42 Years Is Forced to Trade the Truth for His Freedom

A New Orleans man who has long maintained he was wrongly convicted of murder experienced freedom for the first time in 42 years after a virtual deal with the devil won him his liberty, if not true
AOC calls for abolishing prisons: 'A cage is a cage ... humans don't belong in them'

AOC calls for abolishing prisons: 'A cage is a cage ... humans don't belong in them'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted that the prison system should be abolished due to its ties to Jim Crow and slavery, bringing one of the stranger proposals of democratic socialists into
Strangers Chip In When Oklahoma Mom Who Got 12 Years for Selling $30 Worth of Weed Is Tossed in Jail Again When She Can’t Pay Court Fees

Strangers Chip In When Oklahoma Mom Who Got 12 Years for Selling $30 Worth of Weed Is Tossed in Jail Again When She Can’t Pay Court Fees

Years after an Oklahoma mom was released from prison after being handed a 12-year sentence for making $30 in weed sales, she landed in jail again for not paying court costs related to the case. Read
Ann Coulter: Mass Incarceration Saved Black America

Ann Coulter: Mass Incarceration Saved Black America

The left has the luxury of having lost the argument on crime for the past few decades and, as a consequence, the electorate has no recollection of the living nightmare produced by Great Liberal Ideas
The Democrats’ Shameful Legacy on Crime

The Democrats’ Shameful Legacy on Crime

A week before he swept the South on Super Tuesday in 1992, Bill Clinton held an event in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the site of the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915. His campaign had gathered dozens