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  • Jailing fewer at the border

    Jailing fewer at the border
    The Department of Homeland Security announced recently that it would release hundreds of mothers and children who are seeking political asylum, so that they can await their hearings in freedom rather than in detention facilities. That was a welcome move, but the government should go further and undertake a top-to-bottom review of the entire immigration detention system with an eye toward jailing as few people as possible.
  • Transgender prisoner in Georgia wins Justice Department intervention

    Denying a transgender prisoner hormone therapy is a violation of the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the Justice Department told a court for the first time Friday. Government lawyers urged a federal judge in Georgia to rule for...

    Maryland governor takes brave step, commutes death sentences

    Maryland governor takes brave step, commutes death sentences
    The Maryland state legislature last year ended the death penalty in that state for all future crimes. This morning, Gov. Martin O’Malley decided to extend that reach to the past and commuted the sentences of the last four people on Maryland’...

    A shroud of secrecy around executions: Is this the American way?

    A shroud of secrecy around executions: Is this the American way?
    So what should a state do when its executions run into trouble? If you’re Ohio, apparently you try to cloak the process in secrecy. Ohio – like Missouri, Oklahoma and a few other states – has had trouble killing people. Among the...

    October 2013: Amazon workers seek pay for time in security checks

    Workers at Amazon.com warehouses across the country are suing the online retail giant to collect wages for time they spent passing through security checkpoints designed to prevent employee theft. In lawsuits filed in Philadelphia and Luzerne County...