The death sentence might be justifiable, but life without parole is hard to fathom. Still, there’s Whitey Bulger.
Archive for the ‘Prisons and penal policy’ Category
Rates of imprisonment have been declining among African-Americans for over a decade. This trend began long before the recent decline in the overall size of the prison population. The change is mainly due to reduced black male incarceration because prisoners are overwhelmingly male. The decline in African-American women’s rate of incarceration remain important though, both […]
When voters are suffering, they will reject politicians who tell them their pain isn’t real and follow anyone who seems to listen
The federal prison system is a small and atypical part of the U.S. prison system
Eric Holder helps the country recover from its agitated delerium about drug law enforcement and sentencing.
The left and the right often are against discretion in criminal justice
Gov. Jerry Brown has known for some time that California’s Prison Realignment was unlikely to bring overcrowding within the CDCR’s facilities in line with the SCOTUS ruling in Brown v. Plata. When Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion upheld the three-court decision requiring the CDCR to bring down overcrowding from 175% to 137.5%, the State correctly identified […]
South Dakota’s correctional reforms teach important lessons
The death penalty isn’t something the United States does, it’s something a small number of states does prolifically
Most people in state prison are there for a violent offense