October 2, 2018

There are currently more than one million women in state and local corrections facilities across the United States, and their realities are nothing like "Orange Is the New Black." Unlike the actresses in the Netflix series, life for incarcerated women cannot be fast-fo...

Oklahoma’s incarceration crisis was not created in one election cycle, and it will take more than one to fix it. But the fact that an entrenched incumbent district attorney in Tulsa County was pulled into runoff against an opponent preaching reform this week shows that...

October 22, 2014

This Article presents new empirical evidence concerning the effects of United States v. Booker, which loosened the formerly mandatory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, on racial disparities in federal criminal cases. Two serious limitations pervade existing empirical literat...

October 22, 2014

Nationally, an estimated 5.85 million Americans are denied the right to vote because of laws that prohibit voting by people with felony convictions. Felony disenfranchisement is an obstacle to participation in democratic life which is exacerbated by racial disparities...

July 10, 2014

Bill Quigley

Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights; Professor, Loyola New Orleans

Published in HuffPost Politics, 07/26/10



The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly target...

July 10, 2014

The national death-row population is roughly 42 percent black—nearly three times the proportion in the general population.




After a seven-week freeze following Clayton Lockett's botched execution in Oklahoma,...

May 26, 2014


Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration; Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ); Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE); National Research Council


After decades of stability from the 1920s to the early 1970s, t...

May 26, 2014

Home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in. 

~ Robert Frost 


The greatest increase in United States government subsidized housing for more than a decade has come in the form of prison cells. America has been on a prison building spree, nearly d...

May 26, 2014

We are a society that is governed by data and statistics. Government funding is based on this data: where we send our children to school, where we live, and who we vote for, are all based on data and statistics. 


We should be outraged over statistics that represent the...

May 13, 2014

The flowchart of the events in the criminal justice system (shown in the diagram) updates the original chart prepared by the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice in 1967. The chart by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics summariz...

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