TJC Blog

Mississippi’s Harmful Habitual Offender Laws [Video]

How did a Mississippi man end up getting sentenced to serve 60 years in prison for purchasing cold medicine and batteries? Blame the state’s ineffective and unjust habitual offender laws — Mississippi’s version of a …

Journalists’ Guide to Reporting on Crime and Public Safety

The public’s perception of crime and punishment is often out of alignment with what really happens to people within the legal system. That gap is informed, in part, by sensational or decontextualized media coverage of …

Alec Karakatsanis Book Talk [Video]

Civil rights lawyer Alec Karakatsanis joins The Justice Collaborative to discuss his recently published book, “Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System.” Karakatsanis, executive director of Civil Rights Corp, explores nagging …

Jail Churn [Video]

How many people are really booked into local jails each year? And for what crimes? Our panel digs into a recent Prison Policy Initiative report that examines the data to help explain the problem of …

Treat All Kids Like Kids [Video]

Kids should not be in the adult criminal legal system. But every year in the United States, close to 100,000 youth are put into the adult system, most of them for non-violent offenses. The school …

Ending Cash Bail [Video]

During the webinar, panelists discussed how the cash bail system criminalizes poverty, as well as pretrial incarceration’s impact on a person’s later sentencing (especially for people of color and low-income communities) and the myths behind …