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Millions Blocked From November Vote Due To Criminal Records

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.08.2016 | Impact
Christopher Zoukis

More than six million citizens will be handcuffed from casting a vote this November.

Do Not Pass Go!

Mitch Rosenzweig | Posted 08.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mitch Rosenzweig

All relationships, whether acquaintance, friend or lover require at their core acceptance and respect. And it has to work on both sides all the time. Without that, we might as well just be animals fight for dominance.

Overcoming Disparity: Young Men And Boys of Color and the Future of America

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 08.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Henry A. J. Ramos

Black and Brown young men have been disproportionately targeted, apprehended, tried, sentenced, and incarcerated as a byproduct of America's draconian approach to justice over recent decades.

Your State Probably Has A Higher Incarceration Rate Than Most Countries

The Huffington Post | Lauren Aratani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics

Many U.S. states have incarceration rates that top any major country’s. Even Massachusetts, the state with the lowest incarceration rate, outranks 1...

The U.S. Is Depressingly Good At Putting Women Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

The United States puts women behind bars at a higher rate than every other country in the world, save for Thailand. Though the U.S. has only 5 percent...

Ban the Box Is a Win for Women

Linda Meric | Posted 11.05.2016 | Politics
Linda Meric

If you've ever applied for a job, you've probably seen the box we're talking about. Applications often require you to check if you've ever been convicted of a crime.

Police Leaders Join Effort To Reduce Incarceration Rate

The New York Times | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs — including some of the most prominent law enforcement officials in the country — are adding...

Here's Proof Mass Incarceration Doesn't Reduce Crime

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact

For the first time in 40 years, the U.S.’s crime and incarceration rates fell together, proving that ramping up the prison population is ineffective...

Black Crime Rates: What Happens When Numbers Aren't Neutral

Kim Farbota | Posted 09.02.2016 | Crime
Kim Farbota

There is a common conservative narrative that the disproportionate incarceration of black people is not the result of systemic racism, but rather of shortcomings within the black community.This "fact" is used to justify a belief that a "culture of violence" is to blame for problems faced by black people in America.

Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

Ming Holden | Posted 08.21.2016 | Entertainment
Ming Holden

Manning's current work on The Odyssey Project film grows out of the belief that relying on that "sophisticated machine" of mainstream media to tell the truth about incarcerated young men of color would be an exercise in futility.

Fast Fashion and the Prison Crisis: What Comes Next?

Christian Birky | Posted 08.20.2016 | Impact
Christian Birky

When a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh in the spring of 2013, I was at Princeton finishing my thesis on potential resolutions to the American prison crisis. I thought the two -- labor exploitation in the fashion industry and a disastrous incarceration rate -- were unrelated. I was wrong.

Making Irrational Rational

Nelson Saiers | Posted 07.21.2016 | Arts
Nelson Saiers

On this Rational Pi Day, consider some of our irrational societal behaviors. Begin to take the first steps towards quelling those and taking more rational approaches to the issues that will impact us all.

A Presidential Debate on Science: Mental Illness and the Human Dimensions of Science

Matthew Chapman | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

Some people think science is dry or boring and has nothing to do with their lives. Still more believe that science has become so complex that politicians are incapable of talking about it, that no one but scientists can discuss it. But science is now so integral to every aspect of our lives that it has to be talked about by those who wield power.

Why #FelonCrushFriday Should Change the Way We Think About Incarceration

Eva Shang | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Eva Shang

#FelonCrushFriday should be used to raise public awareness about the reforms needed in the criminal justice system and how each of us can extend a hand to those caught in its revolving doors. We can change the way we think about crime and incarceration.

Time to Make America Average When It Comes to Incarceration Rates

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime
Ethan Nadelmann

It's time to end the United States' exceptionalism when it comes to incarcerating its citizens. A groundbreaking report released yesterday documents the unprecedented and costly price of U.S. incarceration rates.

Bringing the ADHD Debate Into Sharper Focus: Part 2 -- A Matter of Public Health

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Understanding and awareness is the key to successful management of ADHD, and to improving the public health impact of a chronic condition when it is not identified and treated. It starts by getting out of the muddy river of denial.

Marijuana: A Theology

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Is this just a further sign of the "moral decay" of American society, or can we say the legalization of marijuana can have a place in a Christian theology that values, instead of denigrates, the body?

Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

A lot has been reported about our nation's prison system and its bloated population, but this is what it looks like when you take all of the countries...

The Effects of Living In My Skin

Yirssi Bergman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Black Voices
Yirssi Bergman

When people insist that we are making a big deal out of nothing when it comes to race, and that race is no longer part of people's consciousness, they eliminate a chance for open conversation.

The Uprising That Love Demands: Trayvon Martin and the Yoke Made Visible

Gaye Theresa Johnson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices
Gaye Theresa Johnson

Trayvon Martin has done so much more than die. He has revealed a system working perfectly in its intended order; and for the moment, rendered visible the yoke that encircles the poor and aggrieved.

Puppets and Prisons

Joey Mazzarino | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Joey Mazzarino

I know what you're thinking: Who better to talk about a serious topic like children of incarcerated parents than a man who wiggles dollies for a living? But there's a reason, trust me.

We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of This Problem

Neill Franklin | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Neill Franklin

How to Make Money Selling Drugs makes the argument that we should end the war on drugs. As a former cop, my reasons are simple: Drug prohibition is bad for public safety, and it's never going to work. We can't arrest our way out of this problem. Take it from someone who tried for 34 years.

American Values at Rutgers

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

With Rutgers University's Mike Rice video and subsequent firing now in the news, many are tempted to talk about the special treatment given to sports. This conversation makes me wonder, which special treatment are they talking about?

Enough Is Enough: The Tide Is Turning in the War On Drugs

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

I'm not naive. I know what bureaucratic thrust drives the war on drugs and what an obstacle this represents. Yet still, everywhere I look, I also see the writing on the wall. Everyday, a growing number of states moves closer to legalizing marijuana as Colorado and Washington did on Election Day.

Rates of Incarceration For White and Hispanic Women On The Rise

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.19.2013 | Women
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Sayre Quevedo According to a new study by The Sentencing Project, "The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women's Incarceration," women's incarceration ...