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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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.25.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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.

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.

Our So-Called Justice System

Walker Bragman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

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Public Will Can Change Homelessness

Carla Javits | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

Yet people are homeless in large numbers because we as citizens tolerate it. If we in the U.S. - you and I -- decided that homelessness was unacceptable, we would no longer have widespread homelessness.

America's Prisons: A Road to Nowhere

OpedSpace | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
OpedSpace

Inmate education seems like a controversial issue. Cast in economic rather than moral terms, however, there is plenty of common ground. The question is not whether inmates "deserve" to learn like the rest of us, but whether we all benefit if they do. According to every available measure, the answer is yes.

To Be Visible Again: Philanthropy in Action

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Cristina M. Regalado

This was an unforgettable experience that reminded me of what philanthropy is all about - love of humanity, to care, to belong, to register one's presence regardless of one's life circumstance.

Race Matters, Even Though It Shouldn't

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 01.14.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Even though a person's skin color does not have anything whatsoever to do with whether or not they are guilty of a crime, it matters. Race matters in ways that it shouldn't. And a recent Sentencing Project report about racial perceptions of criminal justice emphasizes just how much.

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Newt Gingrich and Jay Z Came Together on Sentencing Reform. Maybe There's a Lesson for Congress?

Lenore Anderson | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Lenore Anderson

The coalition that ran the Prop. 47 campaign shows that bipartisan partnership can work. The voters that passed it into law shows that the public is more than ready to finally end the prison crisis in our country by dramatically reducing incarceration and investing in the smart safety strategies our communities need.

DC's Attorney General Race: A Serious Impact on District Youth

Michael Shank | Posted 01.03.2015 | DC
Michael Shank

Now, more than ever, we must pay attention to the practices and policies of the office tasked with prosecuting our youth. In 2011, there were 3,464 arrests of youth in the District and more than 42 percent of these were for non-violent misdemeanors.