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Incarceration

As Prisons Stay Crowded, California's Governor Pushes Ballot Initiative to Cut Inmate Population

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.04.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis Midway through his first term as governor of California, in 1976 Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. signed into law a strict mandatory...

Jailing Kids? We Can Do Better

ACLU of Washington | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
ACLU of Washington

On any given day, more than 60,000 children are locked up in our nation's juvenile facilities. Whether it's an urban jail or a rural boot camp, the results are the same.

Being Tough, Doing Wrong: The Shame of Mass Incarceration

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Kermit Roosevelt

Why does the United States incarcerate a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world?

White Privilege and Addiction Recovery

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 01.21.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

I'm pretty convinced that if I had faced the same set of circumstances as a 15 year old black or brown boy in my city, the outcome would have been very much different. Sometimes the line between a "troubled" kid and a "bad" kid is as thin as skin color and accompanying culture.

Let's Talk About Love -- Seriously

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

If being hateful, or at least fearful, is core to our public discussion, then love should be, too. Every ying deserves its yang, especially one that works. After years of working on poverty and inequality, I know that love works.

Son's Mental Illness Leads to Life of Advocacy

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

Our youngest son, David, became ill at 16. He started having psychotic episodes, was hospitalized, and could no longer attend high school, so we quit our jobs and moved back to Montana from California, where we were living at the time. We thought we could give him a more stable life there.

Affluenza vs Lowcashism: Gibberish or Justified?

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 12.23.2015 | Black Voices
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

Whereas Affluenza is categorized by a naive wealth-laden mindset that creates a narrow vision of how the world works and the consequences that one must bear for their actions, Lowcashism is the same disease but from a different set of causes.

Harsh, Hidden Immigration Legislation

Ryan Campbell | Posted 12.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

There's no question the presidential race has become pretty ugly: with Trump turning it into a reality show, the policies being discussed would hurt t...

Education and Mentorship: The Keys to the Doors of Freedom

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 12.12.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

As a young girl, the classroom was the one place where I felt free -- where I felt safe. Not that I grew up in an unsafe environment, but as a teenager, I associated home with stress. School was where my friends were, where the teachers I loved were, and where I could learn new things.

America's Horrifying Mass-Incarceration System, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

The nonprofit Prison Policy Initiative released a graphic on Tuesday showing just how many people are currently locked up in the U.S., as we...

How to Rebuild Credit After Being Released From Prison

NerdWallet | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
NerdWallet

By Virginia C. McGuire Perhaps you're among the estimated 650,000 people who are released from prison each year in the United States, according to th...

West Virginia's Troubling Plan to Confine Children at the Dazzy Vance Mountain Resort

Mishi Faruqee | Posted 12.20.2015 | Impact
Mishi Faruqee

A plan to build a new youth institution in West Virginia has raised a series of questions: Is it ever appropriate to take a four-year-old child from h...

A Conversation With Ta-Nehisi Coates

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics

This past summer, I read Atlantic Media journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book Between the World and Me. To say it had a profound impact on me and the way I understand race relations in the U.S does not do the piece justice. I finished it with a dropped jaw.

Returning from Prison and Doing a 180

Project Return | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Project Return

We all know a 180 when we see one. Those transformations that literally mean going in the opposite direction, that figuratively mean you have turned your life around. From night to day, from a season of decline to a season of hope and opportunity.

They Swore They'd Never End Up Back In Prison. They All Did.

USA Today | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

IOWA PARK, Texas — Silvestre Segovia had vowed many times over that he would never return to solitary confinement....

The Percentage Of Girls In Juvenile Detention Who Are LGBTQ Is Absolutely Shocking

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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Inside A Notorious Women's Prison Before Its Revolutionary Makeover

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.05.2015 | Women

A defunct women’s prison whose inmates once reported the highest rate of staff sexual abuse in the country will soon be transformed into of...

How Did We Become Incarceration Nation?

Les Leopold | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Les Leopold

How is it that America, supposedly the beacon of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world, has more prisoners than any police state?

On Domestic Violence Month: Why Do We Keep Incarcerating Victims and their Children?

Archi Pyati | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Archi Pyati

Not only are record numbers of mothers with children being detained, but the Administration has not complied with an October 23 deadline for release of all children in detention set by a federal judge in August 2015.

What A Death Row Attorney Has Learned From His Condemned Clients

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 10.29.2015 | OWN

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Homelessness Is a Symptom of Racism

Jeff Olivet | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Olivet

The United States faces a deeply troublesome, maddeningly persistent racial gap in income and wealth -- a gap that is growing, not shrinking. Discrimination in housing remains a consistent driver of racial inequality among people who are homeless.

Let's Make Sure History Doesn't Repeat Itself

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

For individuals with serious mental illness, the time has come for a better deal. Congress must focus on enacting reforms that deliver housing and effective services in our communities rather than behind bars, where we know the results are appalling.

States Should Be Asking How -- Not If -- They Should Reduce Youth Incarceration

Erin Davies | Posted 10.26.2015 | Crime
Erin Davies

Instead of building more facilities, Ohio started the RECLAIM program, which provides financial incentives for juvenile courts to serve youth locally in community-based programs.

How Prosecutors Use ‘Experts’ And Bad Science To Lock Away Innocent People

ThinkProgress | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

Earlier this month, former death row inmate Beniah Dandridge was exonerated and freed after spending 20 years in prison....

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 — ar...