Criminal Justice

These Men are Fighting to Abolish the Death Penalty — From Death Row

These Men are Fighting to Abolish the Death Penalty — From Death Row

Lauren Gill

FEATURES

Co-published with The Nation. Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation’s only anti–death penalty organization run by death-row prisoners.

The Surveillance State Destroys the Lives of Poor Whites & People of Color

The Surveillance State Destroys the Lives of Poor Whites & People of Color

Reginald Dwayne Betts

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Co-published with The American Prospect. Why the police should be held accountable for misusing surveillance.

Episode 9: 'You Just Sit There and Wait for the Next Day to Come'

Episode 9: 'You Just Sit There and Wait for the Next Day to Come'

WNYC Studios

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosIn many counties, pre-trial juvenile offenders are still put in solitary. In this episode, WNYC teams up with The Marshall Project to investigate how widespread the practice remains.

Episode 7: 'It’s the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done'

Episode 7: 'It’s the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done'

WNYC Studios

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosDesperate parents with means can turn to a whole network of private programs before their kids even get caught. For a young person named James, this type of intervention in his teenage years was life-changing.

Episode 6: 'Please Lock Up My Kid'

Episode 6: 'Please Lock Up My Kid'

WNYC Studios

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosStatus offenses are designed to keep at risk youth safe, but in practice, they can also become a pipeline into the juvenile justice system for kids who might otherwise not end up there.

 

Episode 5: 'The Teenage Brain Is Like a Sports Car'

Episode 5: 'The Teenage Brain Is Like a Sports Car'

WNYC Studios

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosStephen is one of thousands of so-called "juvenile lifers" who have an unexpected shot at freedom today. Up until 2005, most juveniles could be sentenced just as harshly as adults: that meant life without parole, even the death penalty.

Episode 4: 'Oh My God, What Have I Done?'

Episode 4: 'Oh My God, What Have I Done?'

WNYC Studios

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Co-published with WNYC Studios. Honor has struggled for years with leukemia, homelessness and suicide attempts. Like many young people who struggle with mental illness, "the incident" pushed Honor into the criminal justice system.

Episode 3: 'He Really Wants to Shoot Someone'

Episode 3: 'He Really Wants to Shoot Someone'

WNYC Studios

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosAt age 15, Z received his sentence in adult court. The reason why dates back 40 years, to a child named Willie Bosket. His crimes changed everything for kids and criminal justice.

Episode 2: 'They Look at Me Like a Menace'

Episode 2: 'They Look at Me Like a Menace'

WNYC Studios

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosIn our first episode, we met Z. Z is a kid who's had mental health challenges since he was small, and when he's gotten the support he needs, he has thrived. Inside lock up, that support is complicated.

Coming Soon: Mass Incarceration Starts Young

Coming Soon: Mass Incarceration Starts Young

WNYC Studios

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosRoughly a million kids a year get caught up in the criminal justice system. In Caught, a new podcast from WNYC, we'll listen as some of those young people tell their stories over nine episodes.

In Baltimore, More Employers are Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People

In Baltimore, More Employers are Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People

Saskia de Melker

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Co-published with PBS NewsHour. Having a criminal record haunts the resumes of millions of Americans, but a four-year-old program in Baltimore is changing the odds for ex-offenders. 

Objects to Remind You of Your Loved One Locked Away in Jail

Objects to Remind You of Your Loved One Locked Away in Jail

Zora J Murff

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Co-published with The GuardianThe Philadelphia-area women interviewed by Lisa Riordan Seville and Zara Katz were asked to choose one object they hold on to to remind themselves of their loved ones currently serving time.

The Women Who Ride for Hours to Visit Loved Ones in Prison

The Women Who Ride for Hours to Visit Loved Ones in Prison

Zora J Murff

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Co-published with The GuardianThey all use the van service provided by Bridging the Gap, based in Philadelphia, for personal reasons but are united by one thing: commitment to and love for the men in their lives.

Behind Bars, Beyond Means: the Crushing Expense of Loving Someone in Prison

Behind Bars, Beyond Means: the Crushing Expense of Loving Someone in Prison

Lisa Riordan Seville & Zara Katz

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Co-published with The GuardianWhen Kristal Bush’s mother nearly went broke from the expense of visiting her son in prison, Kristal saw an opportunity to connect Philadelphia families to loved ones locked up hours away – and Bridging the Gap was born

When Your Used Car Makes You a Target for Cops

When Your Used Car Makes You a Target for Cops

David Dayen

NEWS | FEATURES

Co-published with VICE. Buying a car and actually owning it in the eyes of the law are not the same thing. Some Americans are finding that out the hard way.

 

The Criminalization of Black Homelessness

The Criminalization of Black Homelessness

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson

ANALYSIS

Co-published with AlternetWhite supremacy systematically creates poverty with one hand while violently punishing it with the other.