Children gather around a sculpture of a fist at the FICPFM conference in Oakland. Photo by Victoria Nam.
15 Sep 2016

‘It’s All By Force’: Formerly Incarcerated People Speak Out On Prison Reform

Formerly incarcerated leaders of the criminal justice movement share their perspectives on reform during a national conference in Oakland, California.

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Still from "Toughest Prisons in America - Lewisburg Federal Documentary." Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ipVwX7frk
07 Sep 2016

Changes To Federal Solitary Confinement Rules Modestly Improve Cruel Conditions

The Bureau of Prisons changed its policies governing Special Management Units in federal prisons, but they are unlikely to meaningfully improve living conditions.

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Photo by thomashawk on Flickr.
25 Aug 2016

In States Like Tennessee, Private Prisons Will Survive Obama Administration

Madison Deal died at a CCA prison in Tennessee as news broke that the Justice Department would draw-down its agreements with private prison contractors.

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Senators Chuck Grassley (left), Jeff Cornyn (center), and Dick Durbin (right) announcing the final version of the Sentencing Reform And Corrections Act. Screenshot from committee broadcast.
02 May 2016

Senate May Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentences With More Mandatory Minimum Sentences

The final version of the Senate’s criminal justice reform package no longer reduces sentences for violent crimes, and includes a new drug mandatory minimum.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. contributed over $13 million in asset forfeiture to fund the city's expanded supervised release program. Photo by Jason Kuffer on Flickr.
24 Apr 2016

New York City Expands Bail Alternative Program, Funded Primarily By Manhattan Prosecutor

The complex issue of risk assessment places some people at a disadvantage, despite mitigating factors that could ensure they return to court.

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Signs for a bail bondsmen. (gigaboss on Flickr)
26 Feb 2016

Legislation To End Money Bail Introduced In Congress

Congressman Ted Lieu introduced the No Money Bail Act of 2016, which prohibits the payment of money as a condition of pretrial release.

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Tower 5 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (RLEvans on Flickr)
21 Jan 2016

Are We There Yet? The Promise, Perils and Politics of Penal Reform

The reach of the carceral state is truly breathtaking, extending well beyond the estimated 2.2 million people sitting in jail or prison today in America.

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05 Oct 2015

Long-Awaited Criminal Justice Reform Introduced In Senate

A bipartisan criminal justice reform bill introduced in the Senate last week includes changes to mandatory minimum sentences for low level drug offenses.

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