Criminal Justice

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The Marshall Project Launches Print Publication for People Living Behind Bars

News Inside is distributed at prisons and jails.

A young mixed race boy sits on he lap of his father while they both color on paper in a visiting area in jail.

New PBS Doc 'Tre Maison Dason' Explores Growing Up With An Incarcerated Parent

One in 14 American children has a parent who is currently, or was previously, in prison. “Tre Maison Dasan” follows three of these children.

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New Report Highlights Need, Strategies for Juvenile Justice Reform

The Urban Institute and the Youth First Initiative want to help America move away from youth incarceration in favor of community-based solutions.

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Prosecutors Drop All 16 Charges Against Jussie Smollett

The state’s attorney’s office says the actor’s community service and agreement to forfeit his bond led it to dismiss the charges.

Three rows of black and white head shots of Black Children, 3 in each row, from a police report that identifies missing and murdered children.

Atlanta Child Murders Case Reopened Ahead of New Documentary

ID’s “The Atlanta Child Murders” spurred the reopening of the 40-year old case of 29 missing and dead Black children.

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Florida House Advances Bill That Would Limit Voting Rights for Formerly Incarcerated

Will formerly incarcerated Florida residents be forced to pay fees before their voting rights are restored?

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ICYMI: Meek Mill's New Docuseries Has a Teaser Trailer

In “#FreeMeek,” the Philly rapper hero details his firsthand experience with the criminal justice system.

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New Report Offers Big Picture Look at Mass Incarceration

The Prison Policy Initiative shines a light on racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

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New Report Analyzes Racial Bias in Police Traffic Stops

The Stanford Policing Project determined Black and Latinx drivers are pulled over more frequently than White drivers, even with less evidence of wrongdoing.

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States Consider Ban on Shackling Incarcerated People During Childbirth

The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that roughly 12,000 pregnant women are jailed in the United States each year.

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Should Jussie Smollett Have Been Indicted on 16 Felony Counts?

Twitter users weigh in on the latest development in the case.

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Former Juvenile Lifers Need a Pressure Valve [Op-Ed]

Abd’Allah Wali Lateef of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth makes the case for social service, mental health and parole policy reform to help former life-sentenced children successfully return to society.

A Black man wearing sunglasses wears a white T-shirt with a with a photo of Stephon Clark during a demonstration in Sacramento, California on March 22, 2018.

Police Arrest Protesters After No Charges for Officers Who Killed Stephon Clark

Demonstrators were taken into custody while protesting the decision not to prosecute two Sacramento cops who fatally shot the unarmed Black man in March 2018.

A group of students wearing orange t-shirts and carrying signs that read, "stop gun violence" rally in front of the White House before marching to the U.S. Capitol in protest of the National Rifle Association in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018.

Several U.S. Counties Refuse to Enforce Gun Control Laws

Defiant sheriffs in at least four states have declared their jurisdictions “Second Amendment sanctuaries.”

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WATCH: Teaser Trailer for Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five Miniseries

“When They See Us” tells the story of five Black and Latinx teens who were wrongfully convicted of rape.

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Incarcerated Men Document Their 'Hard Truth' Via Film

Men incarcerated at Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana co-directed “It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It,” which captures their education in documentary filmmaking.

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ICE Stops Force-Feeding Immigrant Hunger Strikers Held in El Paso Detention Center

A total of 12 men have been refusing to eat to protest the conditions, treatment and length of their detainment. 

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Report Uncovers High Cost of Phone Calls at Local Jails Across U.S.

Prison Policy Initiative’s “State of Phone Justice” exposes lucrative phone contracts that prey on pretrial detainees.

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New Tool Maps Arrests Nationwide With Eye to Reform

Vera Institute of Justice’s new Arrest Trends interactive database underscores racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

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REPORT: In Wisconsin, Black and Native People Hardest Hit by Probation, Parole

A new report from Columbia University Justice Lab reveals that Black and Native folks in the state are subject to “structural disadvantages that make adhering to the requirements of community corrections more difficult for people of color.”