August 22, 2018
—Daniel S. Medwed
Earlier this month, John Oliver did a segment on the work of American prosecutors, including their nearly unbridled power to charge people with crimes, choose whether to disclose evidence, and offer plea bargains. Daniel Medwed reflects on the changes since the publication of his 2012 book Prosecution Complex. Get the ebook on Amazon now for only $1.99.
August 24, 2017
—Vanessa R. Panfil
Gay men sometimes join or form gangs, which may be surprising. Vanessa Panfil uncovers the lives of men in gay, straight, and hybrid gangs.
October 4, 2016
—Marieke Liem and Jan Banning
What happens after decades of confinement, including prolonged periods in solitary confinement? How do former prisoners fare after their release?
June 22, 2016
—Jill A. McCorkel
Season three of Orange is the New Black introduced us to a new character, one that you won’t find on listed among the show’s cast or analyzed in any detail on the many blogs devoted to the series. The character in question is Management & Correction Corporation (MCC), the private corporation that receives a contract from the feds to take over day-to-day operations of Litchfield prison.
April 11, 2016
Many tellings of the Civil Rights Movement story omit how ferociously white individuals and institutions resisted the change that black activists demanded.
March 24, 2016
Should Donald Trump or Ted Cruz win the presidency, they are guaranteed to make life hell for millions of undocumented human beings living in and working extremely hard in this country, and their plans would fail dismally — but that failure would undoubtedly prove to be a horror all its own.
February 29, 2016
—Michael D. White and Henry F. Fradella A recent article in the New York Times describes results from a federal monitor’s examination of nearly 600 stop and frisks conducted by… READ MORE
February 26, 2016
—Devon Johnson, Patricia Warren, and Amy Farrell Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American boy, died tragically on February 26, 2012. His death and the trial of his assailant evoked memories of our… READ MORE