Why Decarceration Still Eludes Prison Reformers

Local jails have become critical drivers for the growth in U.S. prison populations, says a study released Thursday by the Vera Institute of Justice. Reversing that trend is now one of the nation’s biggest challenges, say the study authors.

D.C. Judge Demands Explanation of Wrongful Releases

Since last June, at least six inmates that courts ordered held in pending federal criminal cases in Washington, D.C., have been mistakenly released by the D.C. jail, returning only after they were rearrested or surrendered. A federal judge has summoned jail officials to explain how the mistakes happened.