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Georgia’s Disastrous Attempt to Bring Prisons Up to “European Standards”

March 10, 2015 | by Nika Jeiranashvili, Gavin Slade

The former Soviet republic’s Westernizing prison reform is a cautionary tale of why such overhauls only work with constant oversight.

Five Ways to Fix the Ferguson Police Department

March 6, 2015 | by Julie Fernandes

Law enforcement has failed to be a part of, and accountable to, the community that it serves.

For Women, the World Remains an Extremely Dangerous Place

March 5, 2015 | by Kelly Askin

On International Women’s Day, as we look back on the gains we’ve achieved, we must also acknowledge the threats still faced by women everywhere.

New Industry Standards Aim to Protect the Lives of Freelance Journalists

March 4, 2015 | by Marius Dragomir, Stewart Chisholm

As violence against journalists surges, a coalition of stakeholders is working to protect the industry’s most vulnerable workers: freelancers.

Expensive and Immoral: The Case for Sentencing Reform

March 2, 2015 | by Mark Obbie

How can policy makers justify on moral grounds locking people in cages for decades when much shorter sentences would serve the same purpose?

When Training People to Prevent Drug Overdoses, Less Can Be More

March 2, 2015 | by Roxanne Saucier

The best way to teach people who use drugs to inject the anti-overdose medicine naloxone is to keep the lessons quick and to the point.

Changing Places: A Former Prosecutor on the Grand Jury

February 25, 2015 | by James Goldston

After serving on a grand jury in Brooklyn, New York, a former federal prosecutor reflects on the experience, and sees a need for reform.

A Striking Defeat for U.S. Government’s Anti-Prostitution Pledge

February 24, 2015 | by Sebastian Krueger

A U.S. federal court has found that the free speech rights of American public health organizations don’t stop at the border.

Grantee Spotlight

Ending the War on Women

February 24, 2015 | by Nancy Northup

What the Center for Reproductive Rights is doing to stop legislators from undermining a woman’s right to choose.

The Fight against Police Ethnic Profiling in France Returns to the Courts

February 23, 2015 | by Jonathan Birchall

A courtroom in Paris will this week see the latest stage in an ongoing legal challenge to what the French call “contrôle au faciès”—police stops that target individuals on the basis of the way they look.