Criminal Justice

Alex Burness,
Pastor and activist Justin Douglas will soon be plunged into an insider role, helping run the state’s capital county. Can he leverage his new power to change Harrisburg’s deadly facility?

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Long Reads

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.
Piper French,

“I’m Just Another Traffic Stop”

Chicago built a new police team to rebuild community trust. It harassed drivers of color instead.
Pascal Sabino,

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
Nick Pinto,

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.
Jessica Pishko,

Who Elects their Prosecutors and Sheriffs in 2024?

Our Bolts resource has the answers. Despite being an odd year, 2024 will shape criminal legal institutions around the nation with roughly 2,000 elections for prosecutor and sheriff.

Calls from prison and jail

January 8, 2024

San Francisco Expands Free Jail Communications by Adding Tablet Services

The move is part of a recent wave of jails and prisons starting to decouple carceral communications from a profit motive.
Kalena Thomhave,
August 4, 2023

Massachusetts Is Making Communications Free for Incarcerated People

The reform would eliminate the exorbitant charges people face to keep in touch with loved ones in jail and prison, removing a heavy financial burden for thousands.
Alex Burness,