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From Chronicle of a Hunger Striker, which is forthcoming from Deep Vellum. Sentsov was arrested in 2014 for protesting the Russian annexation of his native Crimea, and spent five years…
From Sentence, a memoir, which will be published next month by Viking. The entire time I was in prison, I owned a typewriter, and it was on this typewriter that…
Why parole in America is just another prison
Can progressive prosecutors achieve meaningful criminal-justice reform?
From a letter written in 1897 to the editor of the British newspaper the Daily Chronicle. The letter is included in The Annotated Prison Writings of Oscar Wilde, published in…
Unfit for trial: a discussion of Alisa Roth’s book Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness
What the U.S. Olympic Committee can — and can’t — do about sexual abuse
From letters sent by Arsenii Formakov to his family, in Riga. Formakov was a Latvian poet, novelist, and journalist. In 1940, he was arrested for anti-Soviet activities and sentenced to…
Greeting the holidays in an age of mass incarceration
Where pregnant women have more to fear than Zika
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