Articles in Criminal Punishment

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.


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.


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