California's Out-of-Date Jails Face Inmate Deaths and Construction Delays
New and improved facilities are a critical pillar of California's corrections transformation. But bureaucratic roadblocks, indifference from county sheriffs, and critical errors in planning by local officials have meant dozens of California jails remain broken and dangerous.
Why Are Homicide Rates Spiking in California's County Jails?
Since 2011 inmate-on-inmate homicides have risen 46 percent in county jails statewide compared with the seven years before.
San Diego's Effort to Reduce Prison Overcrowding Is Hitting Some Snags
Proposition 47 was meant to prevent minor drug offenders from being incarcerated and instead funneled into treatment. Thus far the plan has seen mixed results.
Our Bail System Costs the Country $15 Billion Per Year
Pre-trial detention hurts defendants and taxpayers.
The Number of Mentally Ill Inmates in California Jails Is Rising
A new policy brief uses psychotropic medications as a proxy for mental illness, and finds that, despite criminal justice reforms in the state, the population of mentally ill inmates in jails is growing.
Over a Quarter of Americans Believe Their Local Justice System Is Unfair
A new poll from the MacArthur Foundation finds most Americans' sentiments about the justice system are at odds with the Trump administration's punitive policies.
'The Great Equalizer': Navigating Pre-Trial Detention
A new consultancy firm offers advice for first-time detainees, from someone who’s been there.
Partisan Politics Could Mean Jail Time for Innocent People
Research shows that Republican-leaning states are less likely to pass laws to protect against wrongful convictions.
Excessive Force in Custody and the Rights of the Untried
While Baltimore erupts, the Supreme Court considers a timely case.
Sealing Criminal Records for the Possibility of Redemption
Cory Booker and Rand Paul’s REDEEM Act.
Are We Approaching the End of Solitary Confinement?
As a new class-action lawsuit out of California’s infamous Pelican Bay State Prison that may definitively determine the future of solitary in that state moves forward, more people are taking the position that the practice amounts to inhumane punishment.