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Incarceration

How America's Puritan Roots Helped Create Its Unforgiving Prison Culture

John Carl | Posted 07.27.2016 | World
John Carl

America's penal system is grounded in a Protestant fundamentalist religious history, with a strong sense of right and wrong and a penchant for justifying abuse.

Presidential Candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn: The Government Mechanic

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Hillary Clinton isn't the only woman with government experience running for President. Clinical psychologist and presidential candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn has been reinventing and transforming government from the inside for 32 years.

Chef Who Spent Time In Jail Now Trains Other Ex-Offenders In Culinary Arts

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact

This high-end chef trains and employs formerly incarcerated individuals in his restaurant -- because he knows all too well the power of a second chanc...

Cups for Change: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we are acknowledging seven grantees whose innovative projects are inspiring participants to think about the futu...

Watch Kids Read Moving Love Letters To Their Incarcerated Dads

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 06.21.2016 | Good News

It was difficult for some of the 2.7 million kids in the U.S. who have an incarcerated parent to celebrate Father’s Day. That’s why Google, in par...

Feeding Peace: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.18.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven grantees whose projects are bringing peace to their communities. Volunteers in Maryland engag...

This Nonprofit Is Breaking The Cycle Of Homelessness, Addiction And Incarceration

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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How This Nonprofit Is Breaking The Cycle Of Homelessness, Addiction And Incarceration

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.15.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

The Doe Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people who have been subjected to homelessness, addiction and incarceration rebuild thei...

De-Incarceration, a Different Drum so Needed

Kathy Kelly | Posted 06.09.2016 | Crime
Kathy Kelly

Along with VCNV companions, I'm part of a 150-mile walk from Chicago to Thomson, IL, a small town in Northwest IL where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is setting up an Administrative Maximum prison, also known as a Supermax.

REVIEW: Was 1960's Liberalism the Cause of Today's Overincarceration Crisis?

The National Book Review | Posted 06.04.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in Am...

Why I Left My 'Ex'

Glenn Martin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Glenn Martin

May 4th was a day I'd been anticipating for some time. That was the day Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, who heads the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice, publicly announced a new agency-wide policy directing her staff to stop using "disparaging labels" like "ex-convict" and "ex-felon" in all their communications.

Tom Cotton Thinks America Isn't Locking Enough People Up

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is criticizing efforts to reform America's criminal justice system, arguing on Thursday that the country actually has an "und...

The Women at Bedford Prison Writing Their Own History

Radhika Balakrishnan | Posted 05.12.2016 | Women
Radhika Balakrishnan

The Crossing Borders Conference is a part of Marymount Manhattan College's (MMC) program at Bedford, and the gathering is, I believe, like no other. Students and faculty from the 71st Street campus meet at Bedford, where student-inmates present their work, as in any academic conference.

How One Judge Is Using Meditation To Bring Healing After A Crime

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact

When Georgetown professor and Magistrate Judge Gretchen Rohr first met Erica Huggins in 1994, she was surprised to find that Huggins, who was formerly...

Eddie Conway: Making Real News After Prison

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In this week's "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer sits down with former Black Panther Eddie Conway to hear about how he helped fellow prisoners organize for reform while serving a nearly 44-year term sentence for a murder he didn't commit.

Call Me By My Name

Nikkya Hargrove | Posted 04.26.2016 | Black Voices
Nikkya Hargrove

Ask yourself, what would you do if someone, today, called you a nigger? How would you respond?

The Price of Punishment Experienced as a Layperson

Allison Alter | Posted 04.25.2016 | Crime
Allison Alter

In my early thirties I completed a year of clinical internship within a secure treatment juvenile detention facility for adjudicated girls. It was a ...

How States Can Help 5 Million Kids With A Parent Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

Having an incarcerated parent can be devastating for a child's well-being. But now there are clear steps states can take to ensure these children are ...

Bill Clinton's "Almost Apology" Rings Hollow

Glenn Martin | Posted 04.13.2016 | Black Voices
Glenn Martin

One of the biggest problems with Bill Clinton's angry and defensive response to the Black Lives Matter protesters is the way he assumes the truth-teller's mantle. He accuses the protesters of being "afraid of the truth" but it is really the other way around.

Human Rights Watch Chastises Louisiana For Endangering HIV-Positive Inmates

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.02.2016 | Crime

Louisiana, notorious for the world's highest incarceration rate, often fails to provide basic HIV services to inmates in parish jails, endangering not...

Interacting with the Incarcerated: One Teacher's Experience

Allison Alter | Posted 03.31.2016 | Crime
Allison Alter

For so long I assumed a global evil, but at its face encounter they were just people. There was nothing mysterious or unfamiliar, only their choices leading them down a certain path I knew others avoided through some chance or another.

Incarceration Nations: An Exploration of Freedom, Barred and Unbarred

Brian Rashid | Posted 03.25.2016 | Education
Brian Rashid

Baz Dreisinger is a professor at the City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She founded the Prison to College Pipeline Program where she trains incarcerated individuals in English and creative writing.

How Locking Up Judges Could End Debtors' Prisons

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Department officials warned U.S. judges and court administrators this week that practices like incarcerating poor people without...

The Economics of Incarceration: Overcrowded Prisons and Overcharged Prisoners

Adam Banner | Posted 03.09.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Last month, Huffington Post reporter Matt Ferner published an article proclaiming that Americans are sick of the 'tough on crime' era." However, the economic prospect of prisoners has been a part of the American justice system for decades, and it is still alive and well.

Beneath the Mask: Writing as Transformation in El Salvador

Kimberly Connor | Posted 03.03.2016 | Impact
Kimberly Connor

As I continue in these blogs to reflect on the role the humanities can play in settings not traditionally seen as sites for creativity and reflection,...