Prison Reform

The prison population in the United States is larger than any other country. The growth of our prison system is unmatched.

Prison for Fun and Profit

for profit prisons

Alex Friedmann: While people might question the notion of a privatized police force that benefits financially when people are arrested, allowing companies to profit from people’s imprisonment has become an accepted and norm.

Filmmakers Put Justice on Trial

Justice on Trial Film Fest

Amy Patton: Founder and organizer of the festival, Susan Burton said the film festival screened documentaries that exposed “grave defects in the American criminal justice system.”

Why “Yes on Prop 47″ Matters

Yes on Prop 47

Jessica Farris: Californians have a historic opportunity to bring about needed and long-overdue criminal justice reform by voting Yes on Proposition 47.

California’s Broken Punishment Paradigm

California Death Penalty Overturned

Jonathan Simon: Judge Carney reviewed California’s system, which has handed out around 900 death sentences but only executed 13 people, and concluded that the system was unconstitutionally arbitrary because no rational basis exists distinguishing those actually executed from many not, and likely never, executed.

From Prison to Law School and Beyond

vTranscending Prison

Bruce Reilly: I filed my first bail motion and memorandum when some of my classmates were in kindergarten and have over two decades of experience covering all aspects of the courts and prisons.

Solitary Confinement Equals Torture

Solitary Confinement Equals Torture

Diana Barajas: The conditions of isolation are incompatible with human nature, as social interactions and sensory stimulation are critical to human health and brain function.

Solitary Confinement Is Torture

Solitary Confinement Is Torture

Justine Boniface: Solitary confinement is not only an infringement of the prisoner’s rights but an infringement of Human Rights in general. Through SHU, it is not only the incarcerated inmate that is harmed and humiliated, but society as the whole.

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