prison

Obamacare helps ex-convicts. That’s a good thing!

Some Republicans don't understand why Obamacare helps ex-cons. The answer is simple.

  • Harold Pollack
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  • Jan 16, 2014

Why Mike Lee is more serious about prison reform than Rand Paul

Some of the Senate's most conservative members are tackling prison reform. But all bills aren't created equal.

  • David Dagan
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  • Nov 14, 2013

Ken Cuccinelli isn’t alone. Lots of conservatives want to shrink America’s prisons.

Virginia's famously conservative attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is in favor of shrinking America's prison state. That shouldn't be too surprising.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 19, 2013

The war on drugs is breaking the Justice Department’s budget

The fast-growing federal prison population is crowding out other key Justice Department programs. No wonder Eric Holder wants to curb drug sentencing.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 12, 2013

Eric Holder is cutting federal drug sentences. That will make a small dent in the U.S. prison population.

The attorney general's plan could make a big dent in the federal incarceration rate. But it's the state one that matters.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 12, 2013

Prisons are shrinking. That won’t necessarily last.

The recession put a damper on incarceration. But that doesn't mean we're actually making progress.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Jul 27, 2013

‘Orange Is the New Black’ got you upset about prison? The real Piper explains what to do about it.

Piper Kerman on her experience in prison, the TV show of her life, and the parts of the system that need reform.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 23, 2013

White people believe the justice system is color blind. Black people really don’t.

One of every four black men under age 35 said that the police have treated them unfairly during the last 30 days.

‘Orange is the New Black’ is the best TV show about prison ever made

The new Netflix series highlights prison life for women. And it's pretty accurate.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 17, 2013

The U.S. is putting fewer kids in prison these days. Here’s why.

Nine states — including California, New York and Texas — have been trying new policies to keep kids who commit minor offenses out of jail.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 19, 2013

The U.S. prison population is shrinking. But will it last?

The U.S. prison population shrunk in 2010 and 2011. But most of the drop is taking place in California, and it's still not clear whether other states will follow.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 5, 2013

One way to trim the budget: Prison reform.

In an age of austerity, everything will inevitably get recast as a budget issue. Case in point: The Urban Institute has a new report about how the federal prison system needs to be reformed — in part because it’s on an unsustainable fiscal course.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 14, 2012

Making prison worse doesn’t reduce crime. It increases it.

Norway's mass murderer is getting a three-room suite. Researchers say that's probably a good thing.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 24, 2012