Articles in law & justice tagged with crime-and-prison

Christine Hume Halloween Stranger Danger
Christine Hume

Bizarre restrictions are levied against people on the sex offense registry on Halloween. But do they actually make children safer or simply reveal what we fear?

Stuart Schrader

During the Cold War, the “police apparatus” was held up as a prime example of Soviet repression. Yet in its efforts to fight subversives, the United States ended up with its own carceral state. 

Brandon Garrett Misdemeanor System
Brandon L. Garrett

The misdemeanor system is four times the size of the felony system. With so many gradations of minor crimes—many involving fines in a very informal process—prejudice and inequality shapes prosecution.

Seo Policing Open Road
Sarah A. Seo

Before the mass adoption of the car, most communities barely had a police force and citizens shared responsibility for enforcing laws. Then the car changed everything.

Joseph Margulies

The Innocence Movement faces a perverse rhetorical puzzle: righting the isolated wrongful conviction only reinforces public faith in the system as a whole.

Jocelyn Simonson

The Mass Bail Out at Rikers Island shows that freedom is a critical part of public safety.

Clarence Harlan Orsi

In the era of digital neighborhoods, social networks embolden a new kind of racial surveillance.

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Judah Schept Sylvia Ryerson

Eastern Kentucky will soon get a fourth federal prison but remains as poor as ever. The region deserves better.

Vesla M. Weaver

Two new books, including National Book Award nominee ‘Locking Up Our Own,’ address major blind spots about the causes of America’s carceral failure.

Derecka Purnell

Abolition is not about transforming the police, it is about transforming the nation.