prison reform

Andrew Cuomo Is Trash

Andrew Cuomo Is Trash

In a crisis—and absent any real leadership from the president—people love an authoritative man with a PowerPoint.Read more...
Coronavirus Prisoner Release Policy May Exclude Black People Disproportionately

Coronavirus Prisoner Release Policy May Exclude Black People Disproportionately

Correctional facilities across the nation have been struggling with the issue of overcrowded prisons. This had been a major problem all on its own, but one that has become exacerbated trough the
NYC Correctional Facilities Struggle With Crowded Jails, Officials Urge City to Release More Inmates

NYC Correctional Facilities Struggle With Crowded Jails, Officials Urge City to Release More Inmates

On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio authorized the release of 40 of the city’s inmates who were convicted of minor, nonviolent offenses in order to lessen the burden on NYC prisons and jails
How the coronavirus response reveals the arbitrary bullshit of so many US policies

How the coronavirus response reveals the arbitrary bullshit of so many US policies

Over at Slate, Dan Kois offers an incisive look at the status quo frustrations that have long affected daily American life — and how they're now disappearing, because we're in a crisis. To some
Tech Lobby: Release Jailed Prisoners to Avoid Coronavirus

Tech Lobby: Release Jailed Prisoners to Avoid Coronavirus

Government officials should start releasing prisoners from jails to protect them from China's coronavirus, says an activist for the tech industry's FWD.us lobbying group.
Burgess Owens: Sanders, Biden Have No ‘Common Sense or Desire to Love Our Nation’

Burgess Owens: Sanders, Biden Have No ‘Common Sense or Desire to Love Our Nation’

Super Bowl champion, businessman, and Utah Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Burgess Owens joined Breitbart News Saturday, where he discussed the remaining Democrat presidential
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.
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
WNBA Star Maya Moore Will Sit This Season Out to Advocate for Prisoner

WNBA Star Maya Moore Will Sit This Season Out to Advocate for Prisoner

Minnesota Lynx star and four-time WNBA champion Maya Moore is widely considered one of the most elite players in the game. Which makes her decision to sit out for a second season all the more
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.
Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”

Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”

David Remnick interviews Michelle Alexander about the tenth anniversary of “The New Jim Crow” and how perception of the criminal-justice system has changed in America for The New Yorker Radio Hour.
Jay Z and Yo Gotti Are Helping 29 Mississippi Inmates Sue Prison Officials

Jay Z and Yo Gotti Are Helping 29 Mississippi Inmates Sue Prison Officials

A new complaint alleges underfunding and understaffing have resulted in "prisons where violence reigns."
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
'Just Mercy' cast talks racial inequality in America's justice, legal system

'Just Mercy' cast talks racial inequality in America's justice, legal system

Rob Morgan, Karan Kendrick, and Tim Blake Nelson of Just Mercy talk about their experiences with the film, and their thoughts on America's justice system may not be for all.
Sharia Courts, Terrorist Grooming of Young Muslims Inside UK Prisons Revealed

Sharia Courts, Terrorist Grooming of Young Muslims Inside UK Prisons Revealed

UK prisons play host to unofficial Sharia style courts, handing out gruesome punishments, according to claims.
West Virginia Is Charging Its Inmates $0.03 Cents a Minute to Read Free E-Books. Here's Why That Matters

West Virginia Is Charging Its Inmates $0.03 Cents a Minute to Read Free E-Books. Here's Why That Matters

On its face, it’s a welcome proposition: people incarcerated in West Virginia prisons will be given access to electronic tablets, allowing them to read books and articles, listen to music, write
Felony, but Make It Fashion: After His Release From Swedish Prison, A$AP Rocky Has Designed Swedish Prison Uniforms

Felony, but Make It Fashion: After His Release From Swedish Prison, A$AP Rocky Has Designed Swedish Prison Uniforms

In a full-circle moment no one saw coming, A$AP Rocky is giving back to the Swedish jail that held him for several weeks this summer. Using his influence and style-savvy, the entertainer has
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
Objectivity is a myth, and a single tweet explains why

Objectivity is a myth, and a single tweet explains why

People like to think they're objective. I get it; it's a good thing to strive to be. As a white dude, I know firsthand that it's easy to assume that you're coming from the "default" perspective, and
Brown University Student Activists: Get Rid of All Prisons

Brown University Student Activists: Get Rid of All Prisons

A student activist group at Brown University is calling for the abolition of all American prisons.