criminal injustice

Drug Decriminalization in Oregon: How’s It Going So Far?

Tanesia DeMacon is no stranger to jail. She estimates she was arrested no fewer than 15 times, starting at the…

April 22, 2021

A Year Into COVID, Prisoners Still in the Dark About Stimulus Checks

Nearly 13 months since the first coronavirus relief bill was signed and nearly three months since the inauguration of a…

April 13, 2021

Bloomberg Anti-Nicotine Lobby Among US Backers of Duterte’s Drug War

He thought it was a clap of thunder as it echoed through the humid air between the river and mountains…

April 12, 2021

World Executions for Drug Charges Fell Sharply Amid COVID. It’s Likely Temporary.

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world last year, governments executed far fewer people for drug convictions than they did…

April 7, 2021

UK Confirms Harsher Punishment for GHB Users, After Moral Panic

The United Kingdom is moving forward with its plan to impose harsher punishments on people who use GHB—a chemical naturally…

March 31, 2021

In Upstate New York, a Jail Keeps Blocking Access to Lifesaving OUD Meds

[This story is published in partnership with New York Focus, an independent, investigative news site covering New York state and…

March 26, 2021

New York Poised to Significantly Restrict Use of Solitary Confinement

New York is on the verge of significantly restricting its use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails. The state…

March 24, 2021

Will Connecticut Be the First State to Make Prison Phone Calls Free?

Connecticut holds the dismal distinction of being the state with the most expensive prison phone calls in the country. But…

March 15, 2021

Report Exposes Mistreatment of Pregnant People in Federal Custody

Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and US Marshals Service (USMS) policies for the treatment of pregnant people are falling far short…

March 10, 2021

“Extreme and Detrimental”—Texas Prisons’ Crackdown on Greeting Cards

When LaToyia Walker was sent to Texas Lockhart Correctional Facility in 2017, her grandmother would scribble short notes on pre-written…

March 8, 2021