Prison Reform

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

Mass Incarceration’s Real Problem: Inhumanity

Mass Incarceration Inhumanity

Jonathan Simon: We may disagree on who belongs and who does not belong in prison, or on how long prison sentences should be, or what goals those sentences should be meted out to accomplish. But one thing we should not, must not disagree on, is that those prisons should be humane.

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

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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 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.

Quality Healthcare for Prisoners Can Make Communities Safer

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Jeanette Marantos: With prison costs and populations soaring and more than half of the incarcerated grappling with mental illness, addiction and/or infectious disease, it’s time for doctors to step up and advocate for prison health care reform, using the Affordable Care Act to make many of those reforms possible.

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.

How Solitary Confinement Hurts Youth

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Kate McCracken: We cannot just lock these youth up and throw away the key. Correctional facilities, deemed the “parent” of these youth, must provide a safe environment for youth to be successful.

George Will: Off the Reservation, Again!

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George Will Mandatory Sentencing — With the folly of mandatory sentencing, Will seems to be pleading that we just stop making things worse.

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