Articles in Criminal Punishment

How Private Prisons Profit from Forced Labor

Private prisons are a notorious feature of the American criminal punishment system, but when it comes to immigration detention, private prisons are both more ubiquitous and (possibly) easier to close.


Private vs Public Surveillance: Reflections on Edward Snowden’s Personal Record

In the days following Trump’s proposal of a pardon, the public reexamines the actions and inner world of Edward Snowden.


Why “Crime” Isn’t the Question and Police Aren’t the Answer

Moderates often suggest that “police reduce crime.” But the framing of this statement is much more flawed than it may appear.


Policing Can’t End Violence in the U.S., But Reparations Might

Because American police have always upheld racial capitalism through violence, anti-racist public safety requires police abolition—and police abolition requires reparations.


How The U.S. Trained Killer Cops Across The Hemisphere

It’s not just that our domestic police are brutal. The U.S. has exported its police and military tactics to other countries as well.


A Free “Safer In The Streets” Guide For Protesters

Across the world people are taking to the streets in an unprecedented uprising. This pamphlet offers advice on how to keep safe from cops at protests.


Why Damaging Property Isn’t The Same As “Violence”

Harm to objects is not the same as harm to people, and we have to keep the distinction in mind when evaluating protests.


A Prosecutorial Mad Lib

Officer-involved shooting edition: explain why you are choosing not to issue any indictments.


Both Cruel and Usual

A new book on criminal punishment exposes the responsibility of lawyers.


Getting Past Punishment

Prisons are dystopian microstates that operate on senselessly cruel bureaucratic logic.


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