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Children in Adult Prison

July 7, 2014
Last Wednesday, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed House Bill 2116, which abolishes life imprisonment without parole sentences for all children...
June 3, 2014
The racialization of criminality has a long history in the United States. After slavery ended, the image of black people as “criminal” and “...
May 23, 2014
A report by the Juvenile Justice Initiative finds that when prosecutors instead of judges decide which children should be treated as adults in Cook...

Death Penalty

July 28, 2014
On July 16, a federal district court in California issued an order declaring that state's death penalty system unconstitutional and vacating the...
July 25, 2014
Arizona's execution of Joseph Wood on Wednesday using a secret experimental drug protocol took more than two hours, during which witnesses reported...
July 18, 2014
A federal appeals court Tuesday reversed Derrick DeBruce's death sentence because his lawyer performed so poorly at his sentencing that he was...

Prisons and Sentencing Reform

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.
June 30, 2014
In a recent message to legal professionals, Pope Francis warned that increasingly harsh sentencing does not solve social problems or reduce crime,...

Race and Poverty

July 22, 2014
A federal appeals court ruled last Monday that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles could not bar the sale of specialty license plates featuring a...
July 15, 2014
The KKK distributed recruitment fliers in Tallassee, Alabama, a week before Independence Day, looking for "intelligent, awake, aware, Christian...
July 3, 2014
The enslavement of black people in the United States lasted for more than two centuries and created a complex legal, economic, and social...