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We cannot simply put the past behind us. The framework of transitional justice offers a promising path forward.
Throughout the twentieth century, bipartisan consensus was that black youth were latent criminals in need of abundant policing.
Kelly Lytle Hernández
A Massachusetts high court ruling acknowledges that black men aren’t wrong for wanting to run from police.
Undocumented immigrants face horrible conditions in U.S. detention, with little legal recourse.
The DOJ says it will stop using private prisons. The truth is more complicated.
Debt still sends many people—especially black people—to jail.
Images of police violence against African Americans have a radical heritage.
After fourteen years, Mohamedou Ould Slahi may finally have a chance at freedom.
Henry Ace Knight
Rapists should be held accountable. But is more incarceration the best way?
Edward Snowden’s actions can be justified, but not as civil disobedience.
White supremacy and the birth of the modern Democratic Party.
A nineteenth-century memoir sheds light on the origins of the modern prison.
DNA is a powerful forensic tool. If only crime labs could be trusted with it.
Brandon L. Garrett
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Joseph J. Fischel
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