incarceration

A Record Means Discrimination—But National Expungement Week Is Here

For Mauro Melgar, record expungement is not just an abstract policy, it’s something that has had a profound impact on…

September 18, 2020

Vermont Prosecutor Becomes Second in Nation to Stop Seeking Cash Bail

The top prosecutor of Chittenden County (Burlington), Vermont is ending a policy that she says is a form of modern…

September 17, 2020

The Impact of Family Members’ Incarceration on Black Women’s Mental Health

A new study shows that Black women who have experienced having a family member incarcerated have higher levels of stress…

September 9, 2020

Cages Don’t Always Have Bars: How “Reforms” Swelled the Carceral State

Place Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law together on a street corner in an impoverished neighborhood and they’ll see examples of…

August 25, 2020

Congress Must Pass COVID-19 Legislation to Depopulate Jails and Prisons

In May, the US House of Representatives passed CARES 2—the HEROES Act—another legislative package responding to COVID-19. The measure contained…

August 24, 2020

What Marijuana Legalization Would Mean for Criminal Justice in Arizona

Marijuana legalization is headed to the ballot in Arizona this November. If successful, the state would become the 12th US…

August 24, 2020

Drive to Free Black Woman With Marijuana Life Sentence Exposes “Habitual Criminal” Laws

“Give a mother the chance to hold her child again.” So reads a petition, launched on August 15, to free…

August 19, 2020

How Would Dismantling the DHS Affect the War on Drugs?

It's time to abolish the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), writes ACLU Director Anthony Romero in an August 9…

August 12, 2020

Will Californians Vote to Eliminate Cash Bail in November?

Voters in the nation’s largest state will have the chance in November to decide directly on a key policy impacting…

August 10, 2020

Prisoners’ Justice Day Is Every Day for Those of Us Who Have Lived Inside

Prisoners’ Justice Day is every day of the year to all of us who have been incarcerated. But we come…

August 10, 2020