The HALT Act would allow incarcerated people to be held in solitary confinement for no more than 15 days.
A Prison Guard Who Pepper-Sprayed an Inmate Without Provocation Got Qualified Immunity. SCOTUS Disagreed.
An encouraging sign from the Supreme Court
Electorally vulnerable Democratic governors have historically been tougher on crime than Republicans.
His new book, Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear, is a provocative manifesto for legalizing all drugs.
The warden at the center of the case was originally given qualified immunity.
"During difficult times we must remain the most vigilant to protect the constitutional rights of the powerless," the judge writes.
The Board of Pardons recommended Bruce Norris’ release. A signature didn’t come in time.
The COVID-19 pandemic drove an unprecedented drop in incarceration, a new study finds, but the authors warn it could bounce right back.
Our incarceration system needs reform: how about reforming it by increasing private prisons instead?
Justice Department Finds Rampant Sexual Assaults and Constitutional Violations in Country's Largest Women's Prison
The report confirms what news investigations and advocates have said for years: Lowell prison lets guards abuse women without consequence.
Thanks to poor management and massive rates of incarceration, people are dying both inside and outside prisons.
The suit follows a scathing 2019 report detailing unchecked violence and sexual assault against incarcerated people.
The documentary La Causa is a raw look into these self-organized societies, complete with taxes, courts, and a strict "thug code.”
Bounchan Keola was injured while fighting the deadly Zogg Fire. California rewarded him with a possible deportation.
Cops Who Beat and Killed an Innocent Man Are Not Entitled to Qualified Immunity, Appeals Court Rules. But the Cops Who Watched Are.
The legal doctrine provides rogue government agents cushy protections not available to the little guy.
Prison Guards Who Forced Naked Inmate To Sleep in Sewage and Urine Were Given Qualified Immunity. SCOTUS Disagreed.
The legal doctrine is a free pass for rampant government abuse.
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.