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Incarceration

Prison Break: Acts 16:16-34

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

It is generally accepted that the destructive effect of the prison atmosphere of the prison system is the lack of contact with the outside world, particularly correspondence with and visits by relatives, friends or others.

Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

Ming Holden | Posted 08.21.2015 | 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.

Why Incarceration Is Not the Solution to the Opioid-Addiction Epidemic

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

It's common sense that people with substance-use disorders should be offered addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration. But what if they can't stop using drugs? They still don't belong in prison.

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Ming Holden

The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.

"Second" Chance .... But Who's Counting?

Project Return | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Project Return

The hard fact is, some people commit multiple crimes and serve more than one sentence, before getting it right. Aren't they just as human as the rest of us? How rare it is for humans to make a mistake only once.

Second Chances Vital to Criminal Justice Reform

Loretta Lynch | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Loretta Lynch

In order to truly make our communities safer, we must make sure that people who have served their time are able to fully and productively engage in our society -- whether through education or employment or some other constructive means.

Alabama Moves To Deny Inmate Parental Rights So She Can't Have Abortion

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

 WASHINGTON -- A fight over an incarcerated Alabama woman's ability to have an abortion took a strange turn as the state moved to terminate the ...

100 Million Reasons We Need Justice Reform -- One Blueprint for How to Do It

Christine Leonard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

One in three Americans -- as many as 100 million adults -- has a criminal record. Because a criminal history record creates barriers to housing, education and employment, it can often stand between another chance and another visit to prison.

South Carolina Man Uses His Troubled Past To Train Police

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

It's hard to describe mania to someone who has never experienced it. One minute I'm so high that my mind and body enter a nirvana-like state with feelings of ultimate power and supreme authority. And then in the next minute I feel so paranoid and scared that I think my heart will thump out of my chest.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on Salon.com, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

Elderly Women Serving Life Without Parole Form a Heartbreaking Chorus

Laura Goldman | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Laura Goldman

This performance of the Lady Lifers Chorus is a rare window into the world of women serving a life sentence at Muncy State Prison, a women's prison near Williamsport, Pa. The singers, who have already served 27-40 years confined, sing poignantly about their life.

What About a Jobs Program?

Cynthia M. Koch | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Cynthia M. Koch

We need to summon the political will to create -- for the first time -- an American labor force of committed citizens that reaches across boundaries of class, race, gender, and religion and involves all Americans. Only then can those in despair envision a future in which they and their children live useful lives as contributing members of our society.

Is 'Heckler' the Right Word for Jennicet Gutiérrez?

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Holly R. Cashman

It is shameful and embarrassing when people who have acquired a position of power thanks to the activism of others (or even their own past activism) choose to criticize others who use the same tactics to fight for their rights or very existence.

Reforming Our Justice System Will Require Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances

Christine Leonard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

As Congress and the nation are increasingly focused on the need for systemic reform, the Coalition and its partners, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe we are on the cusp of meaningful change, through fair sentencing and fair chances.

Simon McCormack

What It's Like To Spend Father's Day In Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 06.20.2015 | Crime

Father's Day produces a complicated mix of emotions for the thousands of fathers in the U.S. who are imprisoned. "Father's Day is a uniquely diffic...

The Blind Side Actor Takes on the Harsh Realities of Life After Prison in New Film Halfway

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

I recently chatted with Halfway producer Jonny Paterson about the movie, the important social issues it seeks to address, and his work on the film.

The Reformed Prisoner That's Paying It Forward to Current Inmates

NationSwell | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

We all struggle to find purpose and meaning in life. But few of us struggle for as long or as painfully as Raul Baez, the founder of WITO, Inc.

Comedian Jeff Ross Went To A Texas Jail To Roast the Inmates; Here's What He Learned About Incarceration In America

Jeff Ross | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Jeff Ross

I am grateful to the staff and officers of Brazos County Jail for this chance to go inside and do what I do and learn a little along the way. I can now tell you first hand that jail sucks. But inside every orange jumpsuit is a real person who needs to get their life back on track.

Our Kids Aren't the Only Ones Suffering From Inequality. We're Failing Our Parents Too!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Yes, by all means, let's talk about inequality of opportunity for our kids because that's where it all starts. But let's also remember that those kids grow up, and when they do, it doesn't get easier. The scars of childhood last a lifetime.

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Do Stand Your Ground Laws Make ANY Sense?

David Pakman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

I recently interviewed Robert Spitzer, a professor at SUNY Cortland who has researched and written extensively about so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws, which eliminate the duty to retreat when safe and feasible within self-defense doctrine.

New Efforts Aim To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail

Pew's Stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Volunteers without Borders

Lauren Berg | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Lauren Berg

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB), a Girl Scout-led program, was established in 1992 and gives mothers and grandmothers the opportunity to maintain and strengthen relationships with their daughters and granddaughters while incarcerated.

Punishing The Mother Is Not Best For the Baby

Lynn Erdman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Lynn Erdman

Incarceration is not the answer. Pregnant women with substance use disorders need to be identified early in their pregnancies and offered treatment.