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‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Psychotherapist George Mallinckrodt on Jailing the Mentally Ill

On this week’s episode of “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist discusses the incarceration of America’s mentally ill with George Mallinckrodt, psychotherapist and author of “Getting Away With Murder.”

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Arresting Our Way to ‘Justice’

We live in a country where the solution to just about any social problem is to create a law that deals with it—and then punish those who break that law.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



Prisoners Gear Up for Mass Strike to Protest State-Sponsored ‘Slavery,’ Racism

The national and international action is scheduled to begin Friday—the 45th anniversary of the infamous Attica prison uprising.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Criminal Injustice System

In this age of stop-and-frisk, racial profiling, mandatory sentencing, the death penalty, life without parole and execution-by-cop, I—a private eye for defense lawyers—can’t defend anybody.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



To Make a Point, Missouri’s Lead Public Defender Assigns a Case to Gov. Jay Nixon

Michael Barrett’s action is a response to funding cuts to his office approved by the governor (pictured here). Nixon says the move is illegal.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE



Justice Department Opens Investigation Into Police Killing of Alton Sterling

Sterling, a 37-year-old African-American, was shot fatally when police were trying to arrest him in Baton Rouge, La. Cellphone video footage shows him pinned to the ground by officers as at least one of them shot him.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE



This Quiz Shows the Depressing, Racist Truth About Juror Bias in the United States

The Marshall Project wants everyone to know just how hard it is to prove that unconstitutional prejudice exists within a jury.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE


Fight for Police Reform in Chicago Gets a Boost as Voters Oust State’s Attorney (Audio)

After demonstrations by Black Lives Matter over the 2014 police killing of Laquan McDonald, Chicago-area voters rejected longtime official Anita Alvarez in a primary this week. Sonali Kolhatkar speaks to journalist Sarah Macaraeg about political activism in the city.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘An Affront to Our Humanity’: Obama Bans Solitary for Children

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, the president outlined new measures to curb the use of isolation in federal prisons.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Activists Shout Down Hillary Clinton During Criminal Justice Rally

Friday’s protest stemmed from widespread feeling that Clinton is not doing enough to address police brutality and the systematic incarceration of African-Americans.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Calls for Overhaul of Criminal Justice System

On Tuesday, fresh off the news of a successful nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama turned his attention to another fraught issue, this one on the domestic front.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General

He’s spent almost six years guiding the Justice Department through some tricky terrain—think Benghazi, Ferguson and DOMA—and Thursday, Eric Holder made it known he is preparing to exit his position as U.S. attorney general. 

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



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William Stuntz: Crime and Punishment and the Fight Against Racial Injustice

William Stuntz was a socially conservative evangelical Christian whose fight for race allied him across all political systems.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Incentives Often Skew Justice in the American Courts, Study Finds

In a disturbing new report, two academics argue that incentives—from career gains to lab test payments—may be leading to high numbers of false convictions in American courts. They call for more study, but also for a systemic overhaul.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Business of Mass Incarceration

The poor, stripped of legal protection, have become fodder for a system of mass incarceration that serves corporate greed rather than justice. Debbie Bourne, a mother of two, is to the prison-industrial complex not a person but a commodity.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



Incarceration—It’s Catching

Is the massive surge of imprisonment a contagious disease? Does the answer lie in the structure of our democracy? Two new books suggest so.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


Federal Court Demands Release of ‘Enemy Combatant’

In a move that sets limits on the Bush administration’s power to detain suspected “enemy combatants” without going through customary channels of the criminal justice system, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz called for the release of Quatari citizen Ali al-Marri, held since his arrest in December 2001.

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