Articles in Criminal Punishment

Job Creation Can Never Justify Prisons

Incarceration is an evil, and it’s unconscionable to do it for the sake of employing people. We need public works projects that uplift people rather than those that increase human suffering.


If the Training Recommends Murder, the Training Is Clearly Wrong

Far too often, U.S. cops take the easy way out by using deadly force.


Excited Delirium: How Cops Invented a Disease

It might not be “real” in the conventional sense, but it’s still a deadly diagnosis in the hands of police.


Inside the Dangerous World of Prison Organizing

Incarcerated activists are risking their lives to send a wake-up call to those outside.


New York City Has a Jail Problem

Opening new “borough-based” jails isn’t the answer. We need to try something different.


How Art Connects Prisons and Museums

Most people don’t see the link. Advocates—and incarcerated artists themselves—are fighting to change that.


Carceral Crisis in California

Prison time—no matter how short—during a worldwide pandemic is an experimental death sentence.


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.


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