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The "Show Me" State Shows the Nation on Juvenile Justice

By Elizabeth Alexander, Elizabeth Alexander, National Prison Project at 5:02pm
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive treaty on children's rights. The convention has been ratified by nearly every country in the world, except for the United States. The convention would fill current gaps in U.S. laws, and provide all children in America with the same robust protections that children in 193 countries are already entitled to.

Ending the Inhumane Practice of Shackling Prisoners During Childbirth

By Elizabeth Alexander, Elizabeth Alexander, National Prison Project at 2:10pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

This has been a year of progress on one of the least justified policies that many prison administrators still follow. On October 2, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, by a vote of 6-5, held that a jury should…

ACLU Works to End Barbaric Practice of Shackling Pregnant Women Prisoners

By Elizabeth Alexander, Elizabeth Alexander, National Prison Project at 12:55pm

Shackling pregnant women during active labor and childbirth is, unfortunately, all too common in our nation’s prisons and jails. One such victim of this practice was Shawanna Nelson, who entered the Arkansas prison system when she was six…

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