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Saying Their Names

How public defenders in New York City organized to speak up for those who have died on Rikers — and to keep others from going there.

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In Depth

Carceral Wisdom

Like the value they bring to the classroom, people who have experienced the harms of the penal system have much knowledge to bring to our nation’s jury trials.

James M. Binnall

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voices

Divide and Conquer

For those of us on the inside who believe in prison abolition by any means necessary, prison closures really mean prison closures. The state and some of my fellow prisoners don’t like that.

Felix Sitthivong

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The True Jailers of Rikers

As demands grow louder for decarcerating and shutting down New York City’s deadly jail complex, judges and prosecutors have escaped accountability. But they’re the ones driving the crisis.

Angel Parker

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Essay

Where Choice Ends

Unless and until mass incarceration is ended, Roe v. Wade, and reproductive freedom writ large, will never be safe.

Crystal Hayes, Carolyn Sufrin & Jamila Perritt

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Decarceral Pathways

From Crisis to Care

For alternative responses to policing to work and reduce the footprint of the criminal legal system, they must work in concert and holistically to address both immediate and longer-term social needs.

Katherine Beckett, Forrest Stuart & Monica Bell

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Past, Present & Future of Mass Incarceration

Life Inside

‘We Are Men’

On the 50th anniversary of a flashpoint of the American penal system, the cries of Attica still resonate today.

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excerpt

An American Invention

In the struggle to end mass incarceration, one must understand how the criminalization of violence is largely a modern creation.

David Alan Sklansky

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As Told To

A Judge on a Mission

Here’s how a former public defender elected to judicial office in New Orleans works to chip away at mass incarceration.

Angel Harris

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Decarceral Pathways

Choosing Freedom

Would you rather have your wallet stolen on the street or spend two weeks in jail? How people answer this question can shed light on whether our detention policies make sense.

Jane Bambauer, Sandra Mayson, Andrea Roth & Megan T. Stevenson

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A closer look

Cracking the Black Box

One way to keep prosecutors accountable and check their carceral impulses is by shedding some light on their vast discretion to charge crimes.

Shima Baradaran Baughman, Christopher T. Robertson & Megan S. Wright

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In Depth

‘Organizers Change What’s Possible’

Before bold, decarceral changes can become a reality, community organizers tirelessly move the policy needle in other ways. Here’s how they did it in Illinois.

Sharlyn Grace

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Life Inside

Learning and Liberation

One year after a governor’s clemency, Renaldo Hudson, who spent 37 years incarcerated, reflects on violence, prisons, and the vital importance of education and support for those incarcerated.

Renaldo Hudson

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Reflections

When You Hear Me, You Hear Us

Incarcerated as children, four gifted poets share their art, their experiences, and themselves.

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ELSEWHERE on INQUEST

Reflections

A Disruptive Innovation

Marlon Peterson

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DOJ

Keeping Them Home

Jessica Morton & Samara Spence

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Decarceral Pathways

The Entrenched Carceralism of Forensics

Maneka Sinha

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Institutions

A Most Carceral Friend

Darcy Covert & A.J. Wang

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Crimmigration

Immigration Imprisonment Is a Choice

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

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Institutions

Where Reform Goes to Die

Rachel Barkow & Mark Osler

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In the States

A ‘Warm’ Closure

Tomas Keen

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How many people have to die in our city’s jails before DAs and judges’ actions are considered violent?

—Angel Parker

beginnings

welcome to inquest

a forum for advancing bold ideas to end mass incarceration

Our Mission

Is to create a space where the voices of those doing the hard thinking and work of decarceration can come together to share ideas and be heard.

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A Note From Our Founding Editors

On why Inquest exists, and what we hope it will help to achieve.

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