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Policy

Serial Injustices

Millions rallied behind Adnan Syed, whom the system gave a second look. Many others serving extreme sentences deserve a second look, too.

Cecilia Bruni & Destiny Fullwood-Singh

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excerpt

A Point of No Return

Understanding the past of the Cook County Jail is understanding its present.

Melanie Newport

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legal history

Litigious Zeal

One might say incarcerated Muslims sue religiously. And true enough, a deep belief in justice is what moves them to resist oppression this way.

SpearIt

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advocacy

A Passport to the Future

Pell grant restoration for incarcerated students is long overdue. But without infrastructure and safeguards, higher education, and true freedom, will remain elusive.

Abraham Santiago & Norman Gaines

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Institutions

Pretty and Punitive

For all its aesthetically pleasing attributes, Norway’s Halden Prison is still a prison for the men who must endure it.

Ashley Kilmer & Sami Abdel-Salam

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Decarceral Pathways

Revoking Probation

After years of working in the system, a reformer and believer in government gives up on probation and parole.

Cristian Farias

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Policy

Decarcerating from Within

Here’s how imprisoned writers can offer reasoned analysis on policies affecting the carceral state.

Tomas Keen & Atif Rafay

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In Depth

To Free Them All

The carceral system criminalizes and retraumatizes survivors at every step. Dismantling these structures is the only way to end this violence.

Leigh Goodmark

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democracy & power

Culture Wars and Criminalization

Absent a sustained politics of solidarity, culture wars will continue to erode civil rights while criminalizing, surveilling, and punishing those who claim them

Kay Whitlock

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Past, Present & Future of Mass Incarceration

In Depth

Jail by Another Name

The rise of pretrial e-carceration in San Francisco has created a new class of people for whom freedom remains elusive.

Sandra Susan Smith & Cierra Robson

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Surveillance

Debt Trapped

The growth of electronic monitoring has spawned a quagmire of hidden fines and fees from which people need a way out.

Tim Curry & Tanisha Pierrette

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In Depth

Anything But Petty

Misdemeanors are major sources of overcriminalization and punishment. Requiring jurors to screen them could shake up the system.

J.D. King & Andrea Roth

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Beyond Reform

Reclaiming Safety

In our imaginations, we need to break the equation of policing and public safety.

Mariame Kaba & Andrea J. Ritchie

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A closer look

Growing Justice

Why understanding restorative and transformative justice on their own terms, and at their best and worst, will help us build more of both.

Cameron Rasmussen & Sonya Shah

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interventions

A Secret Stash of Power

Now more than ever, we need a clear understanding of the role of violence, trauma, and survivorship in our harm reduction practice.

Shira Hassan

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excerpt

The Problem With Innocence

Human sacrifice, and nothing else, is the central problem that organizes the carceral geographies of the prison-industrial complex.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore

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voices

Caring Collectively

Looking back on 25 years of abolitionist feminism and organizing in California.

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campaigns

Meeting the Moment

As a lifelong public defender, I ran to become Santa Clara County’s next district attorney. I didn’t win, but our movement did.

Sajid Khan

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Beyond Reform

No More Courts

The legal institutions, processes, procedures, and actors implicated in the progression of criminal cases are simply beyond reform.

Zohra Ahmed & Rachel Foran

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A closer look

The Evidence-Based Trap

Data-driven approaches to reform can reinforce aspects of a system that’s rotten to the core.

Erin Collins

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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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Crimmigration

No End in Sight

Angel Argueta

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public health

Treating Unfreedom

Rachael Bedard & Zachary Rosner

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public health

Drug-Induced Panic

Leo Beletsky, Emma Rock & Sunyou Kang

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system actors

Busting the Myth

Brad Haywood

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In Depth

Follow the Science

Patricia Richman & Diane Goldstein

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What we are reading

The Inquest bookshelf


Abolition Geography: Essays Toward Liberation

by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

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No More Police: A Case for Abolition

by Mariame Kaba & Andrea J. Ritchie

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This Is Our Freedom: Motherhood in the Shadow of the American Prison System

by Geniece Crawford Mondé

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Uniform Feelings: Scenes from the Psychic Life of Policing

by Jessi Lee Jackson

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