“Socialism or barbarism?” The question animates and enshrouds today’s reinvigorated American left.
In 1971, the political-action arm of the American Quaker movement, the American Friends Service Committee, published its report on the state of crime and punishment in America.
Every prison and jail in Virginia has a series of cells used for solitary confinement.
This is the story of two court cases that have captured the American imagination, and of the dangerously misunderstood American institution at the heart of each case: the local jail.
On Hazen Street and 19th Avenue in Queens, there is a traffic light that sits to the left of the Rikers Island entrance post.
James Forman, Jr. is a professor of law at Yale Law School and author of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, a detailed history of how well-meaning but misguided black civic leaders and elected officials unwittingly contributed to building the system of mass incarceration in America.