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Children in Adult Prison

September 2, 2014
On August 29, 2014, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire unanimously held that children who were automatically sentenced to life imprisonment without...
August 4, 2014
On July 29, the federal district court in Pennsylvania ruled that the Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama is retroactive and requires...
August 1, 2014
On July 18, 2014, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that imposing mandatory minimum sentences on juvenile offenders is unconstitutional because "it fails...

Death Penalty

August 26, 2014
Botched executions may be attributable at least in part to state officials' failure to follow their own rules governing how to carry out an...
August 20, 2014
Former Texas Governor Mark White and former FBI Director William Sessions have petitioned the State of Texas to grant clemency to death row inmate...
August 6, 2014
The newly formed criminal justice journalism organization The Marshall Project reported this week on new allegations of prosecutorial misconduct...

Prisons and Sentencing Reform

August 11, 2014
Stanford researchers found that people were more supportive of harsh criminal justice policies the more African Americans they believed were in...
July 30, 2014
Alfonzo Minter was stabbed to death at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama, last week.
July 21, 2014
America's broken prison system was featured last week on the Tavis Smiley show and HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Race and Poverty

August 28, 2014
As state and federal authorities investigate the August 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson,...
August 18, 2014
Individuals and institutions intent on maintaining white supremacy in Mississippi responded to federal intervention, U.S. Supreme Court orders, and...
August 15, 2014
On Saturday, a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, shot 18-year-old Michael Brown multiple times and killed him. The...