Missourians across the state are pushing to change laws that bar felons from working certain jobs, and lawmakers are listening.
The Washington state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ban the death penalty, leading the state one step closer to ending the practice for good.
In an unprecedented move, the city of San Francisco will throw out thousands of marijuana convictions going back decades.
The American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit law firm and 26 former judges and prosecutors have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case of a man sentenced to 241 years for being an accomplice to a robbery when he was a juvenile.
A road rage incident at an intersection 5 miles southeast of New Orleans left former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight dead. The white man accused of shooting him, Ronald Gasser, was charged with second-degree murder. Gasser’s fate will be decided by a jury with just one black woman on it. Will there be justice…
Updated Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, 1:15 p.m. EST: After being called out by the ACLU for banning an award-winning book about mass incarceration, New Jersey said that it has lifted the ban on Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.
After 22 years in prison, an Ohio woman falsely accused of being an accomplice to murder at the age of 19 finally got to spend Christmas by her mother’s side.
There’s no other way to put it: 2017 was bleak. Bleak because the country’s top public health organization is now prohibited from using the term “science-based.” Bleak because we’re surprised that a man accused of sexually harassing and assaulting young girls—and who extols slavery—lost an election. Bleak because the…
Just last week, 71-year-old Henry Montgomery found out he would spend yet another Christmas behind bars in Louisiana. He has spent more than 50 Christmases there, but he thought this year might be different. The parole board was set to hear his case for release, but on the day of the hearing, the board delayed it.
Updated Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, 11:19 p.m. EST:
When talking about inequality in the criminal-justice system, we often focus on the war on drugs, crooked cops or the prison-industrial complex. But insiders know there is one part of America’s legal system that has an outsized influence on convictions, sentencing and incarceration:
In 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that giving juveniles mandatory life sentences without parole was a violation of the Eighth Amendment. In 2016 a Supreme Court decision made the 2012 ruling apply retroactively, yet the state of Louisiana continues to push back and fight against giving juvenile offenders an…
I won’t lie—I love studies.
The NFL, the proverbial messy bitch that loves drama, just a week after announcing that team owners would revisit rules about player conduct during the playing of the national anthem, has now decided to throw its weight behind a criminal-justice bill.
In case you ever wondered about the way (some) correctional officers see their inmates, I lead you no further than to Caddo Parish, La., Sheriff Steve Prator, who is ranting and raging mad about new criminal-justice reform laws that will go into effect next month—because it will mean getting rid of cheap labor.
A teenager’s murder conviction was overturned Friday by a federal appeals court, which ruled that the Los Angeles Police Department violated the teen’s rights by denying his request for a lawyer and forcing him into a confession.
Face-to-face visits are something many inmates serving time look forward to. Being able to see friends and family members in person, to laugh and enjoy conversations together, is a way to make long sentences seem shorter. It helps families stay bonded, helps children know family members who may otherwise be absent…
A mother of two in Shreveport, La., is facing criminal charges and could be locked up for crimes she did not commit if Caddo Parish, La., District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. has his way. He wants to punish her for a series of crimes allegedly committed by her children.
School is back in session, and it’s time to learn about a system that funnels black and brown kids from schools into our criminal-justice system. It’s called the school-to-prison pipeline, and it’s affecting black children as early as preschool. Watch above.
A recent analysis conducted by the Marshall Project confirms what most of us have known, or at least suspected, all along: When a black man is killed by a white person in America, his killer is less likely to face legal consequences, and the killing is more likely to be deemed justifiable.