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Stopping the Systems That Keep Sending People Back to Prison
In 2021, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis…
Feb 28, 2023
The Difference between Jail and Prison
The United States incarcerates nearly two million people, with one of the…
Feb 21, 2023
Research Shows That Long Prison Sentences Don’t Actually Improve Safety
Photo credit: Joseph Rodriguez/Redux. The United States incarcerates nearly 2…
Feb 13, 2023
Increasing Prison Wages to Dollars Just Makes Sense
During the past 22 years of my incarceration, I’ve witnessed many changes in…
Feb 07, 2023
Black Leaders Who Used the Law to Reform Prisons from Within
Painting of Martin Sostre by Jerry Ross. Effecting change from within the…
Feb 01, 2023
New York City’s New Mental Health Plan is Dangerous
Late last year, New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a directive that…
Jan 24, 2023
Actions You Can Take to Advance Justice Reform in 2023
As this new year rings in, nearly 2 million people are locked in U.S. jails…
Jan 18, 2023

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New Yorkers Can’t Afford Another Year of Death in Our Jails
In 2021, Rikers Island was in readily apparent crisis. Jail staff stopped…
Jan 10, 2023
2023: What’s Ahead in the Fight for Justice and True Public Safety
In 2023, the window of opportunity for true justice is open. Despite the $157…
Jan 05, 2023
For Decades, Los Angeles Jailed People with Mental Health Needs. Now, It’s Finally Prioritizing Treatment
Illustration by Michelle Garcia. The Los Angeles jail system is the largest…
Dec 22, 2022
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