The chair of the state’s pardons board had revived a narrow pathway to release people who are serving decadeslong sentences. Then Ned Lamont removed him.
February 9, 2023
The New DA of Memphis Wants to Break with the Past, to a Point
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Waiting for a Second Look
People given lengthy sentences at a young age are seeking relief through D.C.’s landmark sentencing reforms, but they face hurdles due to the pandemic and a dysfunctional federal prison system.
A Future for Susanville
Plans to shutter a California prison offer halting glimpses of a different world: an economy that doesn’t revolve around incarceration, a country where losing your job isn’t tantamount to ruin, and an opening for abolition.
Vacancies and Zombie Commissioners Leave Opening for Parole Reform in New York
Upcoming appointments by Governor Kathy Hochul could push New York’s parole board away from a culture of perpetual punishment
The Big Lie Messengers Who Carry a Badge and Gun
Arizona’s Mark Lamb and a network of far-right sheriffs around the country are partnering with leading purveyors of election fraud conspiracies, part of an escalating campaign to police the vote.
Elections in 2023
Who Elects their Prosecutors and Sheriffs in 2023?
Our Bolts resource has the answers. Despite being an odd year, 2023 will shape criminal legal institutions around the nation with more than 500 elections for prosecutor and sheriff.
Fines and Fees
May 16, 2022
North Carolina Drivers Still Face “Debt Traps” Despite Some Local Reforms
A DA cleared the soaring fines and fees that prevented thousands from legally driving, but advocates say the problem needs broader statewide relief.
April 1, 2022
Louisiana Court Officials Resist Reforms to End the Predatory Fines and Fees that Fund Their Offices
Conflicts of interest and gaps in basic information stall the years-long effort to shift one of the poorest states in the country away from a system of court funding that feeds on its poorest residents.