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Changes are coming to North Carolina’s prisons after five fatal assaults on prison workers and a Charlotte Observer investigation highlighting widespread dangers and corruption, the Observer reports. Among other measures, the state is building fences, buying batons and frisking employees. It is also installing new...

While red-leaning states like Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia and Louisiana have made significant criminal justice reforms over the past decade, Florida’s GOP-led legislature has stood still. Thirty-three states have implemented such reforms since 2007, while Florida’s prison population continues to grow, with the state now spending...

A national advocacy group released a report Wednesday assailing the grievous lack of medical treatment for addiction in prisons and jails, hours before the newly appointed Bureau of Prisons director was scheduled to testify before the House of Representatives. Table courtesy of The Sentencing Project While expanded...

The massacre at Newtown, Ct.’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, which happened five years ago Thursday, prompted calls for tighter controls on guns and improved mental health treatment. Now, mental health care providers are waiting for promised boosts in funding, and many families are still battling...