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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.

In Leviathan, a World Governed by Unwritten Rules

February 23, 2015 | by Goran Buldioski

Critics see the Oscar-nominated film as a cautionary tale of corruption, but the forces depicted in Leviathan are far more insidious.

In Hundreds of Photos and Videos, Maidan’s Atrocities Take Shape

February 20, 2015 | by Roman Romanov

A trove of evidence has emerged detailing the crimes committed against Ukraine’s protesters one year ago. Now the International Criminal Court must act.

Grantee Spotlight

Ukraine’s Grassroots Movement of Job Finders

February 20, 2015 | by Iryna Koval

When the HR department of a Kyiv company was fired for protesting, they joined the movement full-time and started doing what they do best: finding people jobs.

Have You Been Spied On? Here’s How to Find Out.

February 19, 2015 | by Eric King

A landmark court ruling will allow citizens to search for their personal information in the files of Britain’s intelligence agency.