Apr 15, 2014, 4:58pm EDT
March 11, 2015
Why cutting federal drug sentences is a big deal, in 2 charts
And why it's so much simpler to reduce the prison population at the federal level than for states.
March 4, 2015
This tool lets you try to end mass incarceration. You'll have to take on violent offenders
The good news is that there's a way to do it.
January 28, 2015
The 2 simple facts that explain why the US prison population exploded
And two big misconceptions that didn't drive the growth
August 25, 2014
This change to sentencing could widen racial gaps
Why a University of Michigan professor opposes the new approach.
August 7, 2014
Whites like prison more when they know it's racist
A new study has important implications for the debate over criminal-justice reform.
July 21, 2014
Watch John Oliver on America's prison problem
The Last Week Tonight host covers solitary confinement, prison privatization, racial disparate sentencing, and more.
July 18, 2014
46,000 prisoners could get out sooner. Here's how.
Explaining the US Sentencing Commission's vote to let 46,000 federal prisoners apply for new, shorter sentences
July 18, 2014
46K US prisoners can apply for earlier release
People in federal prison for drug crimes can be released starting in November 2015
July 14, 2014
Watch the number of US prisons skyrocket
America's mass incarceration, in one map.
June 25, 2014
Even liberal states imprison a lot of people
Even when broken into states, the US dwarfs other countries' incarceration rates.
June 10, 2014
The DOJ's proposal would cut retroactivity in half
Putting numbers to the "limited retroactivity" the DOJ wants to implement for drug sentences.
June 10, 2014
DOJ comes around on sentencing retroactivity
With serious caveats.
May 30, 2014
A simple way for US prisons to save $2.4 billion
Applying new rules for prison sentences to existing prisoners would save billions of dollars — and probably wouldn't result in higher crime
May 5, 2014
America’s incarceration rate is 3.5 times Mexico’s
The numbers behind America's prison state are horrifying.
May 2, 2014
Congress can cut drug sentences in zero easy steps
Shorter drug sentences will go into in effect on November 1st, unless Congress takes action to stop it. Luckily, "taking action" isn't something Congress does well.
April 23, 2014
Obama's plan to cut prison sentences, explained
The Obama administration has been extremely stingy in granting pardons or relief to prisoners. That's about to change entirely.
April 15, 2014
A typo got Ceasar Cantu 3.5 extra years in prison
A typo caused Ceasar Cantu to get a longer prison sentence than he deserved. No one caught it for years. Then Obama had to fix it. What happened?