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James Baldwin’s book about the Atlanta child murders speaks best to the era of Black Lives Matter.
Eastern Kentucky will soon get a fourth federal prison but remains as poor as ever. The region deserves better.
Sylvia Ryerson, Judah Schept
Two new books, including National Book Award nominee ‘Locking Up Our Own,’ address major blind spots about the causes of America’s carceral failure.
Vesla M. Weaver
Abolition is not about transforming the police, it is about transforming the nation.
Is policing a public good gone bad?
Tracey L. Meares, Vesla M. Weaver
Policing as we know it must be abolished before it can be transformed.
Tracey L. Meares
Prosecuting stealthing may not be the best way to end the practice.
Immigrants are not committing more crimes than in the past. Rather the definition of “criminal” has broadened significantly.
Alan A. Aja, Alejandra Marchevsky
Public safety is precisely why sanctuary cities are a good idea.
A historian uncovered an archive of massacre at Attica—only to have the records disappear.
Robert T. Chase
Throughout the twentieth century, bipartisan consensus was that black youth were latent criminals in need of abundant policing.
Kelly Lytle Hernández
The DOJ says it will stop using private prisons. The truth is more complicated.
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