New legislation would require Colorado’s jails to keep people with certain medical and mental health conditions out of solitary confinement. While advocates and family members of victims support the bill, sheriffs say more funding will be necessary to implement the changes.
Louisiana Rep. Edmond Jordan has put forward legislation to amend the state’s Constitution to abolish forced labor as punishment for those convicted of a crime. If it passes, Louisiana will join other states in abolishing a practice that many consider to be legalized slavery.
Marlon Peterson emerged from 10 years in prison with a degree and a conviction that incarceration is an ultimately futile tool of the U.S. justice system. In an interview for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation’s “At the Crossroads” series, he tells writer Greg Berman that punishment alone cannot address the traumas at the root of violent criminal behavior.
After heavy debate, Maryland lawmakers passed a police reform package that could make it the first state in the nation to remove the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights and open departments up to greater accountability and transparency.
The stories of Ruby Welch, Karen Dickson-Morrison and Pamela Winn demonstrate why criminal justice reform is one of the only truly bipartisan issues in U.S. politics, says the director of Dream Corps Justice.
“All we’re really hoping for is connection and compassion,” said one inmate who asked to move under a bill passed in January that allows transgender, non-binary or intersex people to request transfer to a correctional facility that recognizes their gender identity.
Virginia will now give families and advocacy groups greater access to police records for law enforcement misconduct cases and inactive criminal investigations, according to a new law. Many say this is a big step towards greater transparency, but critics are concerned about an invasion of privacy.