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Read about recent events taking place in the world relating to the fight against incarceration, capital punishment, and more.

“Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings.”

-Angela Davis

He earned a full ride to University of Akron, spent 15 years wrongly imprisoned instead.

"Sutton was invited by the University of Akron's chapter of the Ohio Innocence Project to share his story about his wrongful conviction during a program Wednesday called 'Race and Wrongful Conviction: The Case of Michael Sutton.' "

By April Helms

March 3, 2023

Deaths in custody are a crisis, and data on them is a black hole, a new report says

"The U.S. government doesn't know how many people die in law enforcement custody or while imprisoned each year, according to a new report by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Project on Government Oversight."

February 28, 2023

By Jaclyn Diaz

Oklahomans with criminal records can change lives. Let's be a state that honors 2nd chances.

"Tammy’s transformation reminds us that people with a past can change their lives and impact their communities for the better. Let’s build on recent progress and make Oklahoma a state that honors second chances."

February 26, 2023

By Tammy Franklin & Sarah Decker

Justice Sonia Sotomayor writes rare death row win in 5-4 ruling

"Arizona pushed a Kafkaesque legal theory— and would've won if Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s dissent had prevailed."

By Jordan Rubin

February 22, 2023

Pennsylvania governor says he won't sign any execution warrants, calls for abolishing death penalty

"Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro, who took office last month after having been state attorney general, said  'he system is fallible, and the outcome is irreversible.' "

By Zoë Richards

February 16, 2023

The vast majority of criminal cases end in plea bargains, a new report finds

"A new report finds that the vast majority of criminal cases end in a plea bargain. The American Bar Association says the practice puts efficiency over fairness and leads to innocent people being coerced to plead guilty."

By Carrie Johnson

February 22, 2023

Supreme Court Rules For Arizona Inmate
In Death Penalty Case

"Jurors in John Montenegro Cruz's case were wrongly told the only way to ensure he’d never be freed was to sentence him to death."

Published by the HuffPost

February 22, 2023

Judge Vacates Conviction Of Lamar Johnson, Imprisoned Nearly 3 Decades

"A Missouri judge has overturned the conviction of a 50-year-old man who has served nearly 28 years of a life prison sentence for a killing that he says he didn’t commit." 

February 15, 2023

By Jim Salter

Advocates say 22 Texas inmates still on hunger strike but state disputes figure

"Solitary confinement inmates protest against brutal form of incarceration but state says it’s only aware of six striking men"

February 4, 2023

By Ed Pilkington

How the Supreme Court emboldened officers like those charged with killing Tyre Nichols

"The fatal beating in Memphis has reignited calls to end “qualified immunity," a cop-coddling doctrine invented by the Supreme Court."

By Jordan Rubin

January 30, 2023

Qualified Immunity: How 'ordinary police work' tramples civil rights

Read Lyle's article on Scalawag magazine to learn more about the many instances in which qualified immunity has be weaponized.

Why Oprah is fighting to free a man on death row

"After more than 30 years on death row for a crime he says he didn’t commit, California inmate Jarvis Jay Masters finally has a chance to be free thanks to the support of a very high-profile backer."

By Marquise Francis

January 21, 2023

Missouri has a history of death penalty injustice. Stop Leonard Taylor’s execution | Opinion

By Elyse Max

February 4, 2023

Michigan is Banning Inmates From Reading Totally Normal Books

"The state's prisons have banned almost 1,000 titles, claiming over half of them pose a 'threat to the order and security' of the institution.”

By Claire Woodcock

January 17. 2023


Editorial: Death penalty's retreat is excruciatingly slow

"Brown’s action marked the most expansive instance of death penalty clemency since Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of all of his state's 167 death row inmates in 2003." 

January 2, 2023

By The LA Times Editorial Board

Image: The execution chamber at the Oregon

State Penitentiary in Salem in 2011.

Amber McLaughlin: Missouri carries out first execution of openly transgender inmate for 2003 murder

"The state of Missouri executed Amber McLaughlin on Tuesday evening, marking the first time a US state has carried out the death penalty against an openly transgender individual."


January 4, 2023

By Josh Marcus

Mercy for justice: Why Missouri should stop nation's first execution of transgender woman

"But beyond this historical first, a look at McLaughlin’s case reveals that she is not all that different from many people on death row in this country."


January 2, 2023

By Austin Sarat

A bill to fight expensive prison phone call costs heads to Biden's desk

"The Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act of 2022, which was approved by Congress last month, is a major victory for the Federal Communications Commission in its yearslong fight to cap how much private companies charge incarcerated people for phone calls." 

January 1, 2023

By Juliana Kim

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