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Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?

May 27, 2016 | by Thomas Watson

By recognizing why people with addictions make the choices they do, policy makers can see the futility of punitive drug policies.

Chelsea Manning’s 35-Year Sentence: Far Beyond All Norms

May 19, 2016 | by Sandra Coliver

In a comparable case in Israel, a young woman soldier was given three-and-a-half years in prison, while a British intelligence officer received just six months after releasing “highly sensitive” documents.

Will Canada’s Ruling on Drug Sentences Set the Stage for Further Reforms?

May 9, 2016 | by Cécile Kazatchkine

Canada’s Supreme Court has struck down mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses. Advocates hope it’s just the beginning.

Virginia Topples a Relic of Colonial-Era Disenfranchisement

April 26, 2016 | by Marc Mauer

Last week, the governor of Virginia ended the disenfranchisement of people convicted of felonies, one of the last groups still denied the right to vote.

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A Podcast Examines the Intersection of Life and Law

April 22, 2016 | by Donysha Smith

Breaking new ground in long-running debates about criminal justice, Nancy Mullane’s Life of the Law podcast embraces a spirit of inclusiveness.

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How the “Model Minority” Myth Made Incarceration Harder for One Chinese Immigrant

April 12, 2016 | by Donysha Smith

For many incarcerated Asian and Pacific Islanders, prison is often made tougher by the fact that their identity is not always recognized.

Who Counts? All of Us, Says the Supreme Court.

April 11, 2016 | by Erica Teasley Linnick

A unanimous decision by an oft-divided court just affirmed a bedrock principle of American democracy: the government represents everyone.

Students in Puerto Rico Defend Their Right to Affordable Education

April 7, 2016 | by Karina Claudio Betancourt

As funding for education is slashed, students and professors in Puerto Rico are emerging as the frontline critics of austerity.

The Loophole That Lets the U.S. Government Fund the Use of Child Soldiers

March 28, 2016 | by Charu Lata Hogg

Since 2008, it’s been illegal for the United States to support militaries that use child soldiers, but a special provision of the law effectively renders it toothless.

Why President Obama Must Go to UNGASS

March 9, 2016 | by Jasmine Tyler

Only by joining the world's leaders at the UN's meeting on global drug policy can Obama signal his seriousness about reform.

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