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.
Limits on probation length, a ban on chokeholds, and a plan to dismantle a state juvenile prison system
Holly Barlow-Austin suffered horrifying medical neglect at a Texarkana detention facility, according to video evidence in a new lawsuit.
The infection and death rates have surpassed those of the general population.
Cheryl Weimar's case put a gruesome spotlight on Florida's troubled prison system.
Six dead in a week, and 1,500 infections, all due to poor decisions by the state. And leaders still wonder why people won't do what they say.
This deadly and contagious disease has exposed problems with prison systems that have been ignored for decades.
A third of prisoners at San Quentin have gotten COVID-19, most in just the last two weeks.
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.
Prison Guards Who Locked Naked Inmate in Cell Filled With 'Massive Amounts' of Feces Got Qualified Immunity
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that the plaintiff's Eighth Amendment rights were violated.
In a matter of weeks, the number of inmates in solitary jumped from 60,000 to nearly 300,000.
Real changes will require fewer laws and less violent enforcement.
Fate Vincent Winslow, who has never committed a violent crime, fears catching coronavirus in prison.
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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.
And those numbers are likely an undercount.
Prisoner in Ohio Halfway House Complains About Lack of COVID-19 Preparations. He's Sent Back to Prison. Now Ohio Prisons are Exploding with COVID-19.
While his own prison is not yet facing a huge problem, Brandon Baxter had a prescient complaint for which he seems to be being punished.
The Cook County jail is the country's largest known single source of new coronavirus infections.
The state will seek the release of nearly 200 inmates who are either at risk or nearing their release dates anyway in response to COVID-19.
The ACLU is also suing Washington, D.C. jails.
Lawyers, inmates' families, and correctional officers worry the jail is ill-prepared to handle an outbreak.
Videos and photos smuggled out by Mississippi inmates have shown gruesome violence and wretched living conditions.
Groups Call for Justice Department To Investigate Mississippi Prisons after Violence Leaves Five Inmates Dead
In Mississippi's severely understaffed prisons, gangs run the show.
Virginia is now suspending its strip-search policy for minors.
The tablets aren't supposed to replace regular books, but similar policies have led to restrictions on book donations and price-gouging in other states.
This Florida Prison Guard Allegedly Paralyzed an Inmate. Now He's Been Arrested for Child Molestation
Inmates say Keith Turner abused them for a decade. Now children have stepped forward with complaints of molestation.
But can the city commit to reducing its jail population—and will Rikers' infamous culture just be transplanted to the new jails?
If you think a map of the moon might help an inmate escape, you might be a prison censor.
Cheryl Weimar, 51, is now a quadriplegic after what a lawsuit describes as a "malicious and sadistic beating" by Florida prison guards.
Activist Nury Turkel discusses the vast network of camps that may hold over a million Uighurs in western China.
Dean Higgins claims he was put in a cell that regularly flooded with raw sewage for seven months after he bit a guard while having an involuntary seizure.
They're the latest to plead guilty in the Mississippi Department of Corrections bribing scheme.
Court Sides With Prison Guards Who Forced Female Inmates To Expose Genitals During Training Exercise
The search raised Fourth Amendment concerns.
Slowly but surely, some of the most glaring problems of our criminal justice system are being addressed.
It's not illegal for inmates to have marijuana, but it's still a felony if they try to smoke it.
Paul Manafort isn’t deserving of torture. Neither was Kalief Browder.
This is the nature of government. It can't stop the flow of illicit substances in a sealed and militarized building that's under its total control.
Fellow inmates did more to help ReGina Thurman than her guards and nurses.
Navy Rear Admiral John Ring's legacy will likely be defined by his funding requests to build a new prison for aging inmates.
Incarcerated people are already paying their debt to society. What good does it do the rest of the population to take away their right to have a say?
David Friedman’s Legal Systems Very Different from Ours explores the costs and benefits of various legal systems across time.
"Feeling cute, might just gas some inmates today, IDK."