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

  • Harold Pollack
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  • Jan 16, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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One of every four black men under age 35 said that the police have treated them unfairly during the last 30 days.

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

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 17, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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