Donaldson Prison, Bessemer Al. Photo by David Krajicek

Nation’s Prison Population Dropped 2 Percent in 2015

The national inmate total fell in 2015–the largest single year drop since the incarcerated population began declining in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, which also reported the lowest rate of U.S. adults (1 in 37) under correctional supervision since the high-crime era of 1994.

A Virginia prison. Still courtesy of "Life Is My Movie Entertainment."

Incarceration Nation: How We Got Here

A new documentary, which premiered last night in Washington DC, traces the evolution of America’s modern prison-industrial complex to its drug-war roots. Director Regan Hines tells TCR why he believes reforms must begin with an acknowledgment of that grim history.

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Overcoming the Politics of Fear

In his latest book, criminologist William R. Kelly offers an approach to justice reform that counters the scare-mongering and uninformed rhetoric of this year’s presidential election campaign.

Helping Inmates Plead their Case

Inmates filing civil rights-violation lawsuits need paperwork that is clearer, more comprehensive and more relevant, argue the authors of a forthcoming study that aims to make inmate litigation more fair.