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Incarceration

How to Get Away With Murder: The State of Capital Punishment

Trey Lyon | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Every tweet, interview, Facebook post and letter speaks to Kelly's willingness to not only pursue peace but to minister to other inmates, sharing hope and light from a place of internal resilience.

John Legend Speaks to the Crack in the System Caused by Mass Incarceration

Antonio Moore | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Antonio Moore

Crack in the System's goal is simply to dig deeper, supply more facts, and provide the definitive story. We accomplished this by interviewing several individuals never seen on camera before speaking about the realities of their involvement with the reach of the contra scandal and cocaine epidemic.

'Prison Legal News' vs. the State of Florida: A Battle Against Censorship

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The State of Florida wishes to suppress a long-respected voice of dissent and social justice by targeting arguably "dangerous" content in the advertisements. By prohibiting the advertisement of lawful endeavors everyone should take pause and ask: what are they afraid of?

Mass Incarceration's Impact on Black and Latino Women and Children

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 02.20.2015 | Black Voices
Herron Keyon Gaston

As Americans, we know the overwhelming impact incarceration has on our children and our communities. No longer can we afford to sit idle on the sidelines with bated breath and watch our communities deteriorate. Instead, we must place stronger demands on our government.

How A Parent's Incarceration Mentally And Emotionally Scars Their Children

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact

Ifetayo Harvey's father was sentenced to 15 years in prison for cocaine trafficking when she was just 4 years old. Even though he only served half of ...

First Amendment Under Fire: Pennsylvania's 'Silencing Act' Puts Society at Risk

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

This past October, a startling bill was fast-tracked through the Pennsylvania legislature that should make every one of us take pause and think about what those documents really mean.

Overdose Prevention in a New York City Prison: Start of a Groundbreaking New Initiative

Allan Clear | Posted 02.12.2015 | New York
Allan Clear

Risk of death from overdosing on heroin or other opioids such as Vicodin or OxyContin goes up substantially after periods of refraining from drug use. Quantities that once brought pleasure can be fatal after a period of abstinence. The research shows that individuals leaving jail or prison are particularly vulnerable.

The Results Are In: Social Enterprise Works

Carla Javits | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

We're all aware of income inequality and the need for initiatives to address common societal issues. Yet we don't often hear about whether programs meant to help people really solve the problems at hand, because few steps are taken to actually assess the outcomes, leaving evaluation of the initiatives to little more than a gut feeling.

Caring For Stray Dogs Gave This Former Inmate A Second Chance At Life

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact

A new documentary, "Dogs on the Inside," features a group of prison inmates searching for a second chance at life, in part by caring for a group of st...

This Woman Wants To End The Stigma Of Having A Parent In Prison, And It's Personal

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact

Jasmine Barclay knows exactly what it feels like to be stigmatized for having a parent in prison. She's also a producer of the documentary "Echoes of ...

Kids, Trauma, and Adult Jail

Marcos Barbery | Posted 01.26.2015 | Crime
Marcos Barbery

In the adult system, resource-poor kids are sitting ducks for prosecutors, who are notorious for overcharging the indigent. The adult jail conditions are so dire they place additional pressure on kids to give up and plead guilty to jacked charges.

A Future in Prison

Kathy Kelly | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

During recent visits with concerned communities focused on drone warfare, many have helped me see a connection between the drone killings across Central Asia and the Middle East and the casual executions and incarceration of young black males in our own country.

Artist Documents Her Time In Jail Through Raw And Disturbing Comics

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.14.2015 | Arts

In June 2014, comic artist Elana Pritchard was arrested for violating a court order. For two months, she served time for her violation in the women’...

L.A.'s Shockingly Archaic Treatment Of Its Juvenile Offenders

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 01.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Caster

L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.

Philadelphia Freedom: HIV and Incarceration

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

In 2009, I had the privilege of speaking at the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island, New York, at their World AIDS Day event. I shared ...

Tackling Racial Disparities within the Criminal Justice System

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices
Herron Keyon Gaston

This is the sad reality for most people of color in this country, especially African American males. We are guilty until proven lucky. Not even guilty until proven innocent. And very rarely are we even given the benefit of the doubt.

The Eight Ugly Scars of Runaway Inequality

Les Leopold | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Les Leopold

America is the richest country in all of history. We have the largest economy and the largest number of millionaires and billionaires. At the same time, however, we lead the developed world in economic inequality.

How to Invest in Miracles

Harriet McDonald | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

By the time they were 18, each boy had lived in multiple foster homes. They survived their childhoods without compassion or stability. The idea of being "cared for" was a foreign concept.

Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.

Mass Incarceration Has Affected Me My Whole Life

Jasmine Barclay | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Jasmine Barclay

America incarcerates more people than any other country, and what people don't understand it that this has consequences for more than the people locked up.

Black Men Openly Carrying a Gun in a Holster Will End Racial Profiling in America

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

A legal, constitutionally protected way to defeat racism is right in front of us. After all, everyone can relate to not wanting to be viewed as a criminal, regardless of how they feel about climate change or taxes.

New Study Demonstrates How Providing Jobs to Young People Reduces Crime and Provides Tremendous Return on Investment

The Corps Network | Posted 02.04.2015 | Science
The Corps Network

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network Yesterday I was excited, but not entirely surprised, to read about a new study publish...

Hope Amid the Ruins

Phil Campbell | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Phil Campbell

Whenever I want to feel miserable, I look at a bunch of statistics about the state of the criminal-justice system in America and its impact on our most vulnerable citizens, our children.

"Why Did I Do It and How Do I Feel About It Now?" Priest Sex Offender Speaks Out

Stafford Betty | Posted 01.21.2015 | Crime
Stafford Betty

The public is ready to forgive almost every crime except the one Cyril committed. On a radio show he participated in, a woman told him she would rather see her child murdered than sexually molested. He knows he has been demonized in the minds of almost everyone.

Liberty, Racism and Police Militarization

Andrew Nathan Bartholomew | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Andrew Nathan Bartholomew

It is becoming evident that police agencies are implicitly prioritizing their own safety over that of the public. This reorganization of priorities is implied by a passive but evident willingness to increase their protection and firepower at the cost of civil liberty and comfort.