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‘Locked Down, Locked Out’ Puts a Face on the Criminal Justice System

Maya Schenwar's book uses her family's personal experiences with incarceration as a framing device for more general statistics about how the legal system works, addressing the racism, classism, heterosexism, and misogyny at the heart of law-and-order policies.

Maya Schenwar’s book uses her family’s personal experiences with incarceration as a framing device for more general statistics about how the legal system works, addressing the racism, classism, heterosexism, and misogyny at the heart of law-and-order policies.

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‘The Policing of Pregnant Women': Texans Demand Obstetric Care In County Jails

A coalition of reproductive and racial justice advocates are demanding better standards of care for the 500 or so pregnant Texans—most whom are Black and Latina—incarcerated in Texas county jails each month.

A coalition of reproductive and racial justice advocates are demanding better standards of care for the 500 or so pregnant Texans—most whom are Black and Latina—incarcerated in Texas county jails each month.

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Breast Cancer Behind Bars: One Woman’s Story

I had been in jail for two and a half months when I learned that my breast cancer would necessitate a mastectomy. And I would have to do it alone: no pink pillows, no encouraging cards, no special foods. No comfort, period.

I had been in jail for two and a half months when I learned that my breast cancer would necessitate a mastectomy. And I would have to do it alone: no pink pillows, no encouraging cards, no special foods. No comfort, period.

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Pregnant Texans Are Being Charged With Crimes That Don’t Exist

Texas' penal code explicitly exempts pregnant individuals from being punished for harming their own fetuses. But that hasn't stopped prosecutors from charging them with child endangerment for using drugs while pregnant.

Texas’ penal code explicitly exempts pregnant individuals from being punished for harming their own fetuses. But that hasn’t stopped prosecutors from charging them with child endangerment for using drugs while pregnant.

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Lawsuit: Mississippi Officials Indefinitely Detain Poor Defendants

The American Civil Liberties Union accuses Scott County, Mississippi, officials of maintaining policies that allow poor defendants to sit in jail without either an attorney or a formal indictment.

The American Civil Liberties Union accuses Scott County, Mississippi, officials of maintaining policies that allow poor defendants to sit in jail without either an attorney or a formal indictment.

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The Criminal Justice System Is Failing Black Families

Marissa Alexander’s story resonates with me, not because I am a mother, or even a past victim of domestic violence, but because my life has been greatly affected by the systematic expansion of the prison system and excessive criminalization of my community.

Dr. Dorothy Roberts is right: Incarceration of women “inflicts incalculable damage to communities …. [transferring] racial disadvantage to the next generation.”

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Ohio’s Conflicting Statutes Create Obstacles for Some Abuse Survivors

Survivors of child sexual abuse have 12 years after they turn 18 to pursue justice—unless they're trying to sue the state.

Survivors of child sexual abuse have 12 years after they turn 18 to pursue justice—unless they’re trying to sue the state.

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Beyond Birth Control: Recent Reproductive Justice Stories That Fewer People Are Talking About

Many advocates have understandably focused on the Supreme Court in recent weeks. But what gets lost in that focus are the stories that show the right to basic bodily autonomy is at stake for sex workers, trans people of color, and those who are disproportionately incarcerated.

Many advocates have understandably focused on the Supreme Court in recent weeks. But what gets lost in that focus are the stories that show the right to basic bodily autonomy is at stake for sex workers, trans people of color, and those who are disproportionately incarcerated.

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Jane Doe, Trans Women, and the Myth of the Perfect Victim

The question that must be asked, in plain language, is: Do imperfect people deserve death for their imperfection?

The question that must be asked, in plain language, is: Do imperfect people deserve death for their imperfection?

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‘Forward Together, Not One Step Back': Moral March Brings Out Tens of Thousands of Progressives

North Carolina NAACP President William Barber delivering the keynote speech at Saturday's Moral March.

The crowd, and the speakers, reflected a commitment to environmental and economic justice, to labor rights and immigrants’ rights, to public education. One hand-made sign summed up the spirit of the march: “I stand with so many groups here, I couldn’t pick just one.”

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