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Fines and Fees Are a Barrier to Criminal Record-Clearing Article
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Fines and Fees Are a Barrier to Criminal Record-Clearing

Jurisdictions can take several steps to eliminate the financial barriers imposed by fines and fees, which would help system-impacted individuals clear their records and reenter society.

Gus Tupper, Akua Amaning, Jaboa Lake

The Facts on Progressive Prosecutors Fact Sheet
A courthouse stands on the downtown square of Jasper, Indiana, April 2015. (Getty/Universal Images Group/Education Images)

The Facts on Progressive Prosecutors

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.

Allison Young

What You Need To Know About Ending Cash Bail Fact Sheet
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What You Need To Know About Ending Cash Bail

Cash bail criminalizes poverty, fuels mass incarceration, and disproportionately affects communities of color. States and localities are increasingly pursuing opportunities for reform.

Lea Hunter

Ending Mass Incarceration, With Emily Bazelon and Rachel Barkow Podcast
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Ending Mass Incarceration, With Emily Bazelon and Rachel Barkow

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.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

Congress Should Repeal the Ban on Pell Grants Article
Incarcerated students at Jessup Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland, discuss proposals for prison reform with students from Georgetown University, June 2016. (Getty/The Washington Post/Lucian Perkins)

Congress Should Repeal the Ban on Pell Grants

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.

Brent J. Cohen

The Need for Sentencing Reform for Women and Mothers Video

The Need for Sentencing Reform for Women and Mothers

There is a dire need for smart sentencing reform—particularly for women and mothers who are trapped in prison for economic crimes.

Maritza Perez, Andrew Satter, Jasmine Hardy

Locking Up Our Own Podcast
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Locking Up Our Own

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.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

Education Opportunities in Prison Are Key to Reducing Crime Article
Incarcerated young women graduate from high school in prison, Gainesville, Georgia, July 2015. (Getty/Christian Science Monitor)

Education Opportunities in Prison Are Key to Reducing Crime

Federal and state funding should support and expand prison education if the United States hopes to reduce its rapidly growing prison population.

Kathleen Bender

Congress Can Lead on Criminal Justice Reform Through Funding Choices Report

Congress Can Lead on Criminal Justice Reform Through Funding Choices

While the Trump administration slashes support for criminal justice reform, Congress can push the country toward smart criminal justice policies through appropriations.

Mike Crowley, Ed Chung

The Case for Paid Apprenticeships Behind Bars Report
In a photo from Friday, July 8, 2016, inmates James Fletcher, left, and DeAndre Allen work on cabinet doors at the Habitat for Humanity Prison Build at the Ionia Correctional Facility in Ionia, Mich. Few states have been more aggressive in releasing inmates and diverting offenders than Michigan, where the prison system has long threatened the state???s capacity to fund universities and other basics of government. But the $2 billion annual cost remains steep, exacerbated by a boomerang found here and across the country: the large number of inmates who wind up back behind bars again. Now Michigan leaders, frustrated that their downsizing efforts have hit a wall, are trying novel, more hands-on methods to ensure that prisoners leave with a job in hand. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Case for Paid Apprenticeships Behind Bars

Paid apprenticeships could help ease returning citizens’ labor market re-entry and benefit them, their families, and society.

Annie McGrew, Angela Hanks

Beyond ‘Law and Order’ Article
Attorney General-designate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) takes his seat at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 10, 2017. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Beyond ‘Law and Order’

With Jeff Sessions as attorney general, dangerous and outdated “law and order” policies would stymie criminal justice reform.

Ed Chung, Danyelle Solomon