"We are a prison system that's overstuffed and under-guarded, and that is a lethal combination of policies," says state Sen. Jeff Brandes.
But can the city commit to reducing its jail population—and will Rikers' infamous culture just be transplanted to the new jails?
This year, Mississippi and North Carolina both ditched a vague "good moral character" clause that kept occupational licensing out of reach for people with criminal records.
The U.S. incarcerates people for petty crimes at an alarming rate.
Cory Booker's Slam Against Joe Biden's Criminal Justice Record Shoveled Some More Dirt on the Old Lock 'Em Up Consensus
The climate of opinion has changed so dramatically that Democrats are politically obliged to support reform.
The senator and presidential hopeful went to bat for dirty prosecutors, opposed marijuana legalization, and championed policies that endanger sex workers.
"As a system, it's working," Barr says of the criminal justice system. "It's not predicated on racism."
The ACLU is releasing reports on what's driving mass incarceration in every state, and how to cut prison populations in each one.
The former top G-Man thinks "mass incarceration" is a misnomer and that taking Martha Stewart down was pretty much the work of God.
Contrary to what many supporters of legalization seem to think, prisons are not overflowing with pot smokers busted for possession.
Texas alone bans 10,000 books, including The Color Purple and Where's Waldo?
Hope Zeferjohn's role was limited to chatting with the "victim"-who was never actually trafficked-on Facebook.
Brenda Menjivar Guardado is scared to go back to El Salvador, but she's even more afraid of dying in custody.
Why Ending Mass Incarceration Means Locking Up Fewer Violent Criminals: A Conversation with John Pfaff
Author of Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration-and How to Achieve Real Reform talks about why ending the drug war isn't enough.
Talking about racism won't end these problems