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Jail Populations Creep Back Up After COVID-19
Judges, prosecutors and sheriffs in many states sent people home instead of to jail last year, but new data suggests the change is not lasting.
Michael R. Sisak
July 9, 2020
I Am Not Your “Other”
I’m a Cambodian-American from Long Beach, California. But to a prison system that limits its population categories to “Black,” “White” and “Hispanic,” I’m the race version of a misfit toy.
May 18, 2018
Maryland Leads as Prison Populations Continue to Decline
Sentencing reforms still curbing mass incarceration, but some eye reversals.
October 28, 2016
Better by Half
How New York City Cut Crime and Incarceration at the Same Time
Judith A Greene
August 20, 2015
Prisoners Who Fight Wildfires in California: An Insider’s Look
For $2 a day, “It’s a hairy adventure, let me tell you.”
What You're Saying
July 24, 2015
‘Children Do Not Have the Same Capacity as Adults to Control Their Reactions.’
A selection of recent letters from our readers.
July 2, 2015
California’s Jail-building Boom
What comes after mass incarceration? Local incarceration.
March 19, 2015
Attica Reads About Attica
A story of brutality clears the prison censors.
January 20, 2015
‘My Fellow Americans’
Reimagining the president's State of the Union speech.