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"Opinion: Can restorative justice break the cycle of mass incarceration?," Boston Globe, September 19, 2023
"Chained by Debt," by Shivani Nishar and Sarah Martino, Inquest, September 12, 2023
"The First Step Act: Ending Mass Incarceration in Federal Prisons," by Ashley Nellis, Ph.D. and Liz Komar, The Sentencing Project, August 22, 2023
"Will mass incarceration outlive me?," by Tyler Harvey, The Hill, August 08, 2023
"Parental Incarceration Is a Silent American Epidemic More Common Than Childhood Asthma," by Joshua Martoma, New York Times, June 26, 2023
"Black Philadelphians are overrepresented at every stage of the criminal justice system, DA says," by Beatrice Forman, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 19, 2023
"Sharing the sentence: Separation takes toll on incarcerated moms and their kids," by Claire Savage, AP News, June 05, 2023
"New prison reform bills show ‘people are greater than their biggest mistake’," by Anna Gustafson, Michigan Advance, May 08, 2023
"‘Felony murder’ laws impose punishment that doesn’t fit the crime or keep us safer," by Miriam Krinsky and Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Market Watch, May 04, 2023
"Dying Behind Bars: Another Form of Capital Punishment," by Wyatt Stayner, The Appeal, May 04, 2023
"When a prison sentence becomes a death sentence," by Fred Clasen-Kelly, NPR, April 27, 2023
"Editorial: The costs of continuing mass incarceration," Connecticut Post, April 13, 2023
"Opinion: Biden Rejection of DC's Criminal Code Reforms Reminds Us of His Past Contributions to Mass Incarceration," by Amy Fettig, Common Dreams, March 11, 2023
"Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 188: Ashley Nellis Talks about 50 Years of Mass Incarceration," Davis Vanguard, February 20, 2023
"Mass Incarceration Has Lasted For 50 Years Now.," by Mansa Musa, The Real News Network, February 27, 2023