Lawmakers should slow down the legislative process and get more information before voting on new criminal offenses.
The power of commutations is a ready-made tool to save lives, but officials need to actually use it.
A growing number of prosecutors are shifting away from an overly punitive vision of safety and justice and toward alternatives to incarceration that promote equitable and prevention-oriented responses within the criminal justice system.
Cash bail criminalizes poverty, fuels mass incarceration, and disproportionately affects communities of color. States and localities are increasingly pursuing opportunities for reform.
The private prison industry is benefiting from Trump administration policies to expand detention and increase profits.
The Trump administration’s record on criminal justice issues makes clear that the president is no reformer.
This week, Daniella and Ed talk with Emily Bazelon, staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, and Rachel Barkow, professor at the New York University School of Law, about how to end mass incarceration through comprehensive criminal justice reform.
Congress has the opportunity to repeal the ban on Pell Grants and breathe fresh air into higher education programs inside of state and federal prisons.
Lawmakers who are considering what should follow the FIRST STEP Act, the federal sentencing and prison reform effort, must begin by reversing the infrastructure that the 1994 federal crime bill created.
This infographic serves as a visual representation of the FIRST STEP Act’s prison reform provisions.
While the Center for American Progress supports the FIRST STEP Act, passing the bill in Congress will be easier than counting on the Trump administration to implement it.
There is a dire need for smart sentencing reform—particularly for women and mothers who are trapped in prison for economic crimes.
Michele and Igor sit down with James Forman Jr., a public defender and author, and discuss the touch-on-crime policies that resulted in disproportionate numbers of black men in prison.
The Trump administration’s rhetorical support for reforming America’s prisons is contradicted by its policies to incarcerate more people for longer periods of time.
Federal and state funding should support and expand prison education if the United States hopes to reduce its rapidly growing prison population.