Prison Reform

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

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.

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.

Botched Execution

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Jonathan Simon: Where Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and the state’s legislators wrote the book on botched is on the “carelessly” branch of the term.

Terminal Illness in Prison

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Bruce Reilly: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 2001 and 2011, cancer and heart disease were the leading causes of over 3000 annual deaths in state prisons.

Death Penalty: A Broken System

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Muna Adem: To date, more than two-thirds of nations worldwide have abolished the death penalty either in law or practice, and today the U.S. is the only democratic Western nation that imposes death sentences on its citizens.