Improving Juvenile Justice

This has been a big week for juvenile justice. First, the Supreme Court ruled that adults and children who were sentenced in their youth to mandatory life in prison without parole should be allowed to ask a court to reconsider their sentence. And second, President Obama banned putting incarcerated children in solitary confinement in federal… Read More

How Does US Justice Stack Up? An International Comparison

As we near the end of the year, it seems like a good time to reflect, so I thought I’d examine how the United States compares to other countries in matters of policing and criminal justice. Unfortunately, an international comparison of criminal justice statistics shows just how far behind our country is. Police shootings: This… Read More

The Barbarism of Solitary Confinement

In a recent Supreme Court case about jury selection procedures, Davis v. Ayala, Justice Kennedy wrote a separate concurrence because he wanted to note that, although the case before the Court had nothing at all to do with prison conditions, it is simply wrong that the prisoner before the Court had spent the vast majority… Read More