Recollections of an American Childbirth in Prison

January 6, 2012 | Dee Ann Newell, Founder, Arkansas Voices

Dee Ann Newell is the founder of Arkansas Voices—For the Children Left Behind and Soros Fellow, who works on behalf of children of incarcerated parents in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dee...

Incarceration Widens Inequality

January 6, 2012 | Lillian Chen and Christopher Hartney, Senior Researcher, NCCD

Many prisoners enter the justice system economically and occupationally disadvantaged, and incarceration only compounds the challenges they face. National survey data show that most offenders and ex-offenders are high school...

Zero Tolerance or Just Zero Patience?

January 6, 2012 | Michelle Ghafar, Zainab Khan, and Christopher Hartney, Senior Researcher, NCCD

At Spotsylvania High School in Virginia, a plastic ball spit through a straw during lunch period resulted in three misdemeanor assault charges and expulsion. The Washington Post reported that a...

Tried and True Solutions for California’s Overcrowded Prisons

November 3, 2011 | Christopher Hartney, Senior Researcher, NCCD and Katherine Stanford

Last week the Supreme Court ordered California to address its overcrowded prisons problem by significantly reducing its prison population over a two-year period. The State now has to decide how...

Stop, Frisk, and Ask Questions Later

March 24, 2010 | Christopher Hartney, Senior Researcher, NCCD

To do their difficult work—indeed, because their work is so difficult—police officers need the support of effective and appropriate policies. However, good intentions and a real or perceived success at...

Prisons and the Census

February 12, 2010 | Christopher Hartney, Senior Researcher, NCCD

The Census Bureau has taken the first step toward a more accurate way of counting prisoners. Historically the Census has considered prisoners residents of the town in which the prison...