Common’s prison concert tour inspires incarcerated people on their path to rehabilitation

"This is a new story, a new narrative we’re going to tell together. And I believe that each and every one of you is going to write that story for yourself.”

Pedro Hernandez speaks out against bail system that kept him in jail for a year

Pedro Hernandez gives his first formal interview since a human rights organization bailed him out from jail on Rikers Island to spur action on bail reform.

Beto O’Rourke champions racial justice on path to become first Democrat to win Texas in 24 years

If nothing about the recent killings of unarmed black men disturbs you, O'Rourke told 'Mic,' "then something’s wrong with your leadership and representation."

How Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to save California from Trump on his way out the door

Brown passed legislation on criminal justice reform and the #MeToo movement — but also vetoed bills concerning abortion, mandatory arbitration and expanding immigrants' rights.

John Legend is funding formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs with his new initiative Unlocked Futures

Unlocked Futures is an accelerator program that aims to help formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs by providing funding for their ventures.

‘Mic Dispatch’: John Legend on criminal justice reform; Wade Davis on the NFL and LGBTQ issues

In this edition of 'Mic Dispatch,' we talk with John Legend about unemployment among formerly incarcerated people and with Wade Davis about the lack of out gay players in the NFL.


‘Mic Dispatch’ episode 15: John Legend; out football players (full transcript)

Jake Horowitz speaks with award-winning musician John Legend about criminal justice reform, and Evan Ross Katz interviews former football players like Wade Davis to discuss being out as an athlete.

California’s celebrated law ending cash bail is actually a disaster for defendants, advocates say

One reform advocate who worked on the bill before later opposing it said, “California has just signed into law the worst pre-trial detention law in the country."

Mic Dispatch launches on Facebook Watch with episode on FBI’s targeting of black identity extremists

Mic to launch investigative effort focused on FBI targeting of “black identity extremists”

This Mother’s Day, volunteers are paying to get moms out of jail with the #BlackMamaBailOut campaign

The U.S. prison population includes thousands of people sitting in jail awaiting trial who cannot afford to pay bail, many of them mothers.

Alice Johnson’s daughter: “I’m excited and grateful for Kim Kardashian’s support”

“My mother is very grateful that Kim Kardashian cared enough to go above and beyond for her,” Johnson said. “It really means a lot to her, to my whole family.”


Exclusive: Kim Kardashian West has talked to White House about pardoning nonviolent drug offender

Kim Kardashian West and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner have spoken over the phone about a possible presidential pardon for Alice Marie Johnson.

What If We Didn’t… jail people for marijuana use, possession or sale?

After more than 20 years of the modern medical and recreational marijuana industries, advocates for decriminalization say evidence of societal good is stacking up against die-hard prohibitionists.

Season 2 of ‘In the Dark’ will tackle the Curtis Flowers case. Here’s what you need to know.

Flowers has been tried six times for the same murder charges.

Philadelphia’s just-elected district attorney may help alter criminal justice reform nationwide

Larry Krasner's campaign could be the model for the future of the criminal justice reform movement.

This grandmother is serving a life sentence for a nonviolent offense

After serving 21 years of confinement in federal prison, Alice Marie Johnson is calling for criminal justice reform.

Stop peddling the black-on-black crime myth. These DOJ stats prove it’s not a thing.

Conservatives can stop talking about black-on-black crimes — it's been declining steadily over the last 20 years.

How one DA candidate in a crowded race is trying to shape the future of criminal justice reform

Marc Fliedner is America's first openly gay candidate for district attorney — and he's looking to lead the criminal justice reform movement from the inside.

We still put children in jail for being late to class

For certain populations of kids, small infractions mean big consequences.

Lawsuit accuses Louisiana judge and house arrest company of scheming to exploit criminal defendants

“It is indicative of a much larger problem.”

Did Betsy DeVos hurt sexual assault survivors by agreeing to hear “both sides”?

A lawyer who attended one of DeVos' Thursday "listening sessions" on campus assault spoke out about her experience and concerns.

Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer Alan Futerfas represented New York mafia families

Futerfas' prior clients include alleged members of the Colombo, Gambino and Genovese crime families.

Ava DuVernay to direct Netflix mini-series about the Central Park Five

The five episode series will be released in 2019.

The House just passed two anti-immigrant bills that are based in myth

"Kate's Law" will not have any substantial effect on violent crime in the U.S.

Karlos Cashe spent 90 days in jail before drug tests proved his “cocaine” was actually drywall

The white powder in his car turned out to be completely harmless.

FBI agent indicted in LaVoy Finicum shooting as police evade punishment for killing black people

Finicum was killed during the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Nearly 850 backlogged rape kits were found infested with mold in Texas

The mold-infested rape kits don't appear to have contaminated the DNA samples inside, according to authorities.

Charleena Lyles was a "powerful lady" — until she faced Seattle's flawed criminal justice system

Like Charleena Lyles, women who experience mental health instabilities have been more likely than men to encounter a criminal justice system that is ill-equipped to treat them.

Kalief Browder's death reminds us of the link between depression and incarceration

The 22-year-old died by suicide two years ago Tuesday.

Jeff Sessions' anti-crime champion has one answer for our incarceration crisis: more jail.

"When you put criminals in prison, crime goes down. It really is that simple."