Prisons

Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Scott Panetti, who has been diagnosed with severe mental illness for more than 30 years, is slated to be executed by the state of Texas on Wednesday at 6:00 PM (Photo: Texas Department of Criminal Justice / AP)
Lawyers are appealing to the United States Supreme Court in a last-ditch effort to stop the state of Texas from executing their client, Scott Panetti, who has been diagnosed with severe mental illness, including schizophrenia. Defense lawyers argue that the execution of a mentally ill person, who is unable to fully grasp the sentence, violates the...
Nicole Flatow, ThinkProgress
(Photo: Bob Jagendorf / creative commons)
Out of California’s years-long litigation over reducing the population of...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
With the new prison reform measure passed, up to 10,000 California non-violent detainees may be eligible for early release. (Photo: Steve Rhodes/cc/flickr)
A California public safety measure to reclassify low-level crimes, including...