The White House cited the extraordinarily low recidivism rates among those released and the savings to taxpayers in its veto threat.
The author of Reform Nation explains how celebrity, philanthropy, and activism produced the most significant prison reform in decades.
Senate Resolution Would Send Federal Offenders Back to Prison 3 Years After Being Released to Home Confinement
The Bureau of Prisons released more than 12,000 people on home confinement during the pandemic. Three years later, Republicans want to overturn a Justice Department rule allowing those still serving sentences to stay home.
Prosecutors asked for longer prison sentences at trial and now seem to be trying again.
The issue was rejected because it "jeopardizes the good order and security of the institution."
An officer conducted the search of Prentiss Jackson's vehicle after claiming he could smell "a little bit of weed." It ultimately resulted in a lengthy prison term.
St. Paul police officer Heather Weyker has thus far managed to get immunity for upending Hamdi Mohamud's life.
"I knew they were scumbags," a former Bureau of Prisons officer tells Reason.
The records confirm medical neglect in a federal women's prison that Reason first reported on in 2020.
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Reason reported in 2020 on allegations of fatal medical neglect inside two federal women's prisons. The Bureau of Prisons heavily redacted reports that would show if women died of inadequate care.
Prison staff were fired in less than half of substantiated incidents of sexual misconduct between 2016 and 2018, and only faced legal consequences in 6 percent of cases.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission might make medical neglect a qualifying condition for compassionate release.
Long delays and management failures "allowed serious, repeated sexual abuse in at least four facilities to go undetected."
State prisons around the country ban the roleplaying game, too, because of bizarre concerns about gang behavior and security threats.
Justice Department Inspector General Launches Investigation Into Inmate Death Following Judge's Contempt Order
Reason first reported last week on the scathing contempt order, which said the Bureau of Prisons should be "deeply ashamed" of its conduct.
Judge Holds Federal Bureau of Prisons in Contempt for Allowing Man To Waste Away From Untreated Cancer
A federal judge wrote that the Bureau of Prisons should be "deeply ashamed" of medical delays that resulted in a man dying from treatable cancer.
Biden Is Still Seeking Potential Life Sentences for Distributing Weed, Even As He Pardons for Possession
Pardoning possession offenders is nice. Taking his boot off the necks of cannabis sellers would be even better.
The Supreme Court may soon consider if acquitted conduct sentencing is illegal.
The Federal Prison Oversight Act would create an independent ombudsman to investigate complaints about the Bureau of Prisons, something prison advocacy groups have long called for.
Criminal justice groups say the numbers vindicate their push to keep those people from being sent back to prison.
Senators allege Bureau of Prisons officials turned a blind eye to rapidly deteriorating conditions at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.
The federal prison system is plagued by corruption and civil rights abuses.
The bill addresses treatment of women in federal prisons and sexual assault of people in police custody.
Christmas comes a few days early for 2,800 inmates who had told they’d eventually have to return to their cells to serve out their terms.
The annual photo op takes on cruel undertones as drug offenders continue to suffer under harsh federal prison sentences.
Thousands of Federal Prisoners Aren't Getting Mandated Time Credits Because Prison Officials Won't Negotiate
COVID-19 has led to foot dragging in implementing some FIRST STEP Act reforms.
Coercive plea deals trample on defendants' Sixth Amendment rights.
This Woman Served 11 Years in Prison on a Marijuana Charge. She's Been Sent Back Over a Clerical Error.
Raquel Esquivel, convicted of a nonviolent drug offense in 2009, was put on home confinement during COVID-19.
An Inmate Allegedly 'Leaking Blood All Over' Was Denied Medical Treatment for Hours. The Prison Guard Gets Qualified Immunity
The legal doctrine continues to render juries irrelevant.
Formal sentences cover for informal penalties including crowding, poor sanitation, beatings, and rape.
He Didn't Answer the Phone One Night While on House Arrest. He's Been Sent Back to Prison for Four Years.
Such punitive measures do not make society any safer.
Controversy highlights punishing responses to mundane mistakes during post-release monitoring of felons.
Pressure Grows on Biden To Rescind Memo That Would Send Thousands Released on Home Confinement Back to Federal Prison
More than 4,000 people released on home confinement could be sent back to federal prison after the pandemic. Senators and advocacy groups say it's cruel and unnecessary.
Biden reportedly will also reinstate restriction on transfers of surplus military gear to police.
Five who tested positive recently will participate in this week’s planned executions of Brandon Bernard and Alfred Bourgeois.
Bounchan Keola was injured while fighting the deadly Zogg Fire. California rewarded him with a possible deportation.
Atilano Dominguez was serving a life sentence for marijuana offenses, and federal prosecutors tried to ensure he died behind bars.
A proposed bipartisan change in pretrial detention rules could free thousands annually.
A Reason investigation has identified three deaths from alleged medical neglect at FCI Aliceville, a federal women's prison. Current and former inmates say it's routine, but the Bureau of Prisons won't talk about it.
Justice Department Asks Supreme Court To Block Judge's Order To Release Inmates at Ohio Federal Prison
A federal judge ordered officials at Elkton to stop "thumbing their nose" at their own authority to release inmates at risk of coronavirus.
A Connecticut federal prison's failures to grant early release to eligible inmates "amount to deliberate indifference" under the Eighth Amendment, the judge says.
If officials want to ease the burden of the pandemic behind bars, there are hundreds of thousands of inmates who can help them do it.
Andrea Circle Bear was serving a 2-year sentence for a nonviolent drug crime.