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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The town that adopted trauma-informed care—and saw a decrease in crime and suspension

Empathy and redemption are far more effective than punishment and incarceration.

Facing up to our shadow side with compassion

Restorative justice makes real the fact that conflict, pain, suffering and crime are part of all our lives.

What’s the point of prison?

Well over half of all prisoners in the UK have personality disorders and other mental health problems. What are we doing?

Does poverty cause crime?

Socio-economic determinism is inadequate as an explanation of criminality.

Why shouldn’t the law ignore emotion?

If the justice system becomes an assembly line devoid of feelings, reconciliation and social justice will suffer.

How an underground hip hop artist and his book club threaten Angola's regime

This week 17 Angolan activists received jail sentences for participating in a book club. Here's why. Português

The radical work of healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a new kind of civil rights activism

"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension – all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles."

Shaker Aamer and the future of Guantanamo

His fear, to his last days at Guantanamo, was that he would not make it out alive.

Why I glued myself to a ticket barrier and shut down the Eurostar

Last Friday I joined 300 migrants' rights protesters gathered at St Pancras station, spilling fake blood and blocking passengers from travelling overseas. Here’s why.

What will it take to shut down Yarl's Wood?

Hundreds of people will protest against the locking up and abuse of women at Yarl's Wood detention centre.

40 acres and a mule would be at least $6.4 trillion today: what the US really owes Black America

Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African-American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage?

Can the prison system be transformed? Shaka Senghor and #Cut50

A new campaign to be launched on March 26 aims to cut the U.S. prison population in half by 2025.

Rape culture: would prison abolition help women?

What would transformative justice for survivors look like? Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.

There is no such thing as prison reform: an interview with CeCe McDonald

CeCe McDonald was sent to prison for defending herself against a hate crime. On the one year anniversary of her release, she discusses how to fight back against oppression. Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.

From Weather Underground activist to life in prison

Even in a just war we need to feel the pain and tragedy of losses on the other side. And in the Brink's robbery our own mistakes and failings led to unnecessary casualties. An extract from Love and Struggle: my life in SDS, the Weather Underground and Beyond.

Restoring justice to America

The United States is a violent nation. The police are part of this problem. They have to be part of the solution.

Why I want to burn everything down right now—and why I’m not going to

What I learned from James Baldwin’s writing about race, in a moment of great anger.

The transformation of a warrior behind bars

I’m sick of seeing people die, I’m tired of losing loved ones. I don’t want to die on the streets, I don’t want to get shot over some nonsense and I don’t want to shoot anyone.

The need for transformation in UK detention centres

Seeking asylum in the UK is like falling from the frying pan into the fire. The first in Transformation's series on prison abolition.

A mother who just wanted to know when her son would eat

Dolores Canales spent nine months in segregation at the California Institute for Women in 1999. Her son has been in solitary confinement for 13 years. Now she is organizing to create change.

What if the LGBTQ movement fought for prison abolition instead of same sex marriage?

"There are lots of poor people who have been convinced that this is the way forward by a bunch of upper class gays that have rammed it down everybody’s throats." Part of Transformation's liberation series.

Six boys, one cop, and the road to restorative justice

With US Attorney-General Eric Holder announcing plans to curb mass incarceration, could restorative justice transform America’s prison-industrial complex?

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