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The Rationalization of Racial Injustice

Bryan Stevenson | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Bryan Stevenson

From Ferguson, Missouri, to Charleston, South Carolina, communities are suffering the lethal consequences of our collective silence about racial injustice. The church should be a source of truth in a nation that has lost its way. As the dominant religion in the United States, Christianity is directly implicated when we Christians fail to speak more honestly about the legacy of racial inequality.

How A Visit To Death Row Turned This Man Into A Crusader For Justice

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 01.11.2016 | OWN

In December of 1983, Bryan Stevenson hadn't yet become the renowned equal justice attorney he is today. He was just a 23-year-old law student working ...

Solitary Confinement Makes Mass Incarceration More Problematic

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 12.17.2015 | Crime
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

State officials in New York are reforming their policy of keeping people convicted of non-violent offenses in solitary confinement. Some hail the decision; others, including corrections officers, object, saying that solitary confinement is necessary to maintain control, and they say that keeping an individual in solitary confinement is not inhumane.

The Crucial Question We Should Be Asking About The Death Penalty

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.03.2015 | OWN

For most of his law career, attorney Bryan Stevenson has dedicated his practice to working with those who most of society has already condemned: convi...

What A Death Row Attorney Has Learned From His Condemned Clients

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 10.29.2015 | OWN

Attorney Bryan Stevenson believes that if everyone else saw what he sees on a regular basis, we'd all think much, much differently about the world and...

Bishop Tutu's Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We must wake up, open our eyes and ears, avoid convenient ignorance, seek the truth, speak up, stand up, and never give up fighting for justice for all. How long?

Hanging On to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson "America's Nelson Mandela." He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban "death sentences."

Frat Boys on the Bus

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The punitive reactions against a few individuals or an isolated fraternity chapter are no more effective than any other punitive measures taken against scapegoats. They shut the door on something unpleasant, in the process heaping blame on isolated individuals that ought to be borne, or at least processed, collectively.

Young Global Leader Embraces Prison Reform

Jim Luce | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

One recent event held by the Osborne Association, an organization that the Foundation supports, really opened my eyes on the need to offer assistance to both incarcerated individuals and their families.

John Rudolf

Inmates At Alabama Women's Prison Sexually Abused By Guards, Report Says | John Rudolf | Posted 05.22.2012 | Crime

Corrections officers at the only women's prison in Alabama regularly sexually harass, abuse and even rape female inmates with few consequences, accord...