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In Depth

Always a Mother

Maternal incarceration is but a phase for the people who experience it. It doesn’t define them.

Geniece Crawford Mondé

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A closer look

Cops and Counselors

Mental health professionals call the police, work with the police, and act like the police. But even in our ranks, an abolitionist future is possible.

Jessi Lee Jackson

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Institutions

A Veneer of Benevolence

For many years, I believed that the child welfare system could be reformed, but no more. It needs to be abolished.

Dorothy Roberts

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Main street in Susanville, California
public health

Unwell in a Cell

Co-opting the language of mental health and treatment, jail expansion is taking root in several cities and localities. But these are cages all the same.

Mon Mohapatra

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excerpt

Sexual Policing

Law enforcement of women’s bodies is a structural and systematic form of police violence. All of us are less safe if we don’t end this brutal expression of state-sanctioned power.

Anne Gray Fischer

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public health

Drug-Induced Panic

Criminalization of so-called drug-induced homicides is yet another manifestation of the failed war on drugs — and far from an adequate public health response.

Leo Beletsky, Emma Rock & Sunyou Kang

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Past, Present & Future of Mass Incarceration

Surveillance

A Model City

How e-carceration grabbed a hold of Camden is a cautionary tale for those of us who envision a future without policing.

James Kilgore

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Life Inside

The Ties That Bind

Imprisonment violently separates us from those we love most. Even those we come to love on the inside.

William Peeples

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In Depth

Captive Consumers

How government agencies and private companies trap and profit off incarcerated people and their loved ones.

Ariel Nelson & Stephen Raher

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Life Inside

Burn the Spot

Writing about people you encounter in prison carries special responsibilities.

Piper Kerman

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In Depth

Atonement

The American penal system renders invisible the many people in its grip who are working hard to make amends.

Steve Herbert

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Crimmigration

No End in Sight

I finished my sentence more than seven years ago. But I’m still trapped in an immigration prison, where the punishment endures.

Angel Argueta

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interventions

Making Headlines

The criminal legal system is massively punitive toward people who commit sex offenses. How we treat them jeopardizes their health and safety — and our own.

Glenn Christie & David Rangaviz

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Essay

The Poverty of Access

Librarians have a responsibility to everyone in their communities — including those who are incarcerated.

Jenny Rogers

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Series

INCARCERATION AND THE COURT

A collection of essays on the Supreme Court’s relationship to our crisis of mass incarceration.

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A closer look

And a Public Defender for All

We can celebrate the ascent of Ketanji Brown Jackson, while acknowledging that indigent defense remains woefully inadequate in this time of crisis.

Sara Mayeux

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public health

A World Without Roe

The loss of the fundamental right to reproductive freedom will only lead to more state surveillance and criminalization of pregnant people.

Purvaja Kavattur

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excerpt

Canaries in the Coalmine

We must not pretend that the countless people who are routinely targeted by police are isolated.

Sonia Sotomayor

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A closer look

No Compassion

Judge Michelle Childs’ many denials of compassionate release signal a carceralism that should have no place on the Supreme Court.

Matthew Ahn

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Institutions

No More Compromisers

The Supreme Court doesn’t need another Stephen Breyer. It needs someone who can openly confront the immorality of our criminal legal system.

Cristian Farias

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ELSEWHERE on INQUEST

In Their Words

Finishing Sentences

Caits Meissner

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interventions

The End of Public Defenders

Matthew Caldwell

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In Depth

Home Rule

Jessica Morton & Samara Spence

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public health

Treating Unfreedom

Rachael Bedard & Zachary Rosner

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Crimmigration

The Border State

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

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In the States

Moving Forward

Brad Haywood & Andy Elders

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In Depth

Follow the Science

Patricia Richman & Diane Goldstein

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What we are reading

The Inquest bookshelf

Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families — and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World

by Dorothy Roberts

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The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification

by Anne Gray Fischer

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Borderland Circuitry: Immigration Surveillance in the United States and Beyond

by Ana Muñiz

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Coal, Cages, Crisis: The Rise of the Prison Economy in Central Appalachia

by Judah Schept

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