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"Analysis: End Mandatory Minimums," by Alison Siegler, Brennan Center for Justice, October 18, 2021
"Prosecutors Warn Calif. Court Order Is 'Dangerous Precedent'," by Sarah Martinson, Law360, October 15, 2021
"Prison reform curbs some solitary confinement, but how much?," by Rachel Riley, Herald Nett, October 10, 2021
"Abolish all forms of solitary confinement in Washington state," by Chris Blackwell and Rachael Seevers, The Seattle Times, October 06, 2021
"California nixes mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug crimes," by Nick Cahill, Courthouse News Service, October 06, 2021
"COVID precautions put more prisoners in isolation. It can mean long-term health woes," by Katja Ridderbusch, NPR, October 04, 2021
"Solitary Increased by 500% During Pandemic," by Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report, October 06, 2021
"They Were Promised a Chance at Parole in 10 Years. It’s Been 50.," by Neil Vigdor, New York Times, October 01, 2021
"Courthouse Lottery: ‘Wide’ Sentencing Differences Found Among Federal Judges," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, October 01, 2021
"Supreme Court Will Seek To Solve Crack Resentencing Puzzle," by Marco Poggio, Law360, September 30, 2021
"House Passes EQUAL Act to Erase Sentencing Disparity Between Crack and Powder Cocaine," by C.J. Ciaramella, Reason, September 28, 2021
"Mental Illness In Solitary Landed These Men An Extra 842 Years In Illinois Prisons, Advocates Say," by Shannon Heffernan, WBEZ Chicago, September 27, 2021
"Opinion: New York Must Act to Protect Transgender Incarcerated People," by Elisa Crespo, Gotham Gazette, September 24, 2021
"There Are Fewer People Behind Bars Now Than 10 Years Ago. Will It Last?," by Weihua Li, David Eads, and Jamiles Lartey, The Marshall Project, September 20, 2021
"DOJ to Review Federal Prison Policies on Transgender Inmates," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, September 17, 2021