However, the cruel policy that threatened him with years in jail remains in place.
Overzealous three-strikes laws claim another victim.
The prisons are filled with aging inmates who no longer pose a public threat.
Electorally vulnerable Democratic governors have historically been tougher on crime than Republicans.
The COVID-19 pandemic drove an unprecedented drop in incarceration, a new study finds, but the authors warn it could bounce right back.
Total prison population, imprisonment rates, and racial disparities in incarceration all continued their slide.
The U.S. incarceration rate peaked in 2008, but it's good to see two "law and order" candidates talking about clemency.
Joe Biden has said plenty of regrettable things about criminal justice, but that wasn't one of them.
Sen. Tim Scott (R–S.C.) criticizes Joe Biden's record on mass incarceration.
Biden picked a V.P. candidate whose record on police and criminal justice reform is as terrible as his own.
Gov. Greg Abbott made the change after a Dallas salon owner was jailed for reopening her salon.
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Joe Biden Is Happy To Talk About Michael Bloomberg's Stop-and-Frisk Record Because It Distracts From His Own Terrible Crime Policies
"The policy was abhorrent," Biden said of Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk program. Yes, but so was pretty much every criminal justice policy Biden pushed through the Senate.
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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