Prison Reform

Andrew Gillum. A Black man wearing a dark suit and black-rimmed eyeglasses.

READ: Andrew Gillum Slams Florida Leaders for Taxing Formerly Incarcerated at the Polls

The former mayor of Tallahassee says a bill that effectively rolls back the language of Florida’s Amendment 4 is “unworthy of the governor’s signature.”

Sunlight shines on old, abandoned penitentiary.

Racial Justice Group Testifies That Pennsylvania's Proposed Risk Assessment Tool is Racist

Color of Change says the use of a computer algorithm to determine if and how long people should be sentenced to incarceration is racist and unfair.

A narrow, beige death row cell with a tray of food sitting on the sink

100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. 'Solitary' Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

In his stark new book, “Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It,” veteran forensic psychiatrist Terry Allen Kupers explores the rise of supermax prisons, the normalization of long-term solitary confinement, and how isolation damages people’s psyches. He talks to Colorlines about  what race has to do with it and more. 

Person walking in front of sign that reads, "You are now entering Rickers Island."

Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Respond to Plan to Close Rikers Island

“It’s not close Rikers while we allow law makers to make policy that continues to criminalize Brown and Black people.”

WATCH: VICE Releases Trailer For Special On President Obama's Federal Prison Visit

VICE’s highly-anticipated special, featuring President Obama’s historic visit to Fort Reno Correcitonal Institution, will premiere on HBO this Sunday. 

California Prisons Can No Longer Lock Offenders in Solitary Confinement for Decades

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that pit prison officials against 500+ offenders who had been in solitary confinement for more than a decade.

Rikers Island prison, fences with barbed wire, brown building, American flag

Kalief Browder's Suicide Resonates Throughout Media

The young man, who was jailed for three years on Riker’s Island as a 16-year-old with no trial, has inspired responses from various news outlets and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. 

I Was A 'Tough On Crime' Lawmaker. Here's Why I Changed

Here’s how former Virginia attorney general Mark Earley realized that his generation had gone too far–and the work he’s been doing over the last 15 years to help undo the overly punitive system that they built.

New York Governor Drops Prison Education Plan

Defeat demonstrates continued resistance to prison reform