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Incarceration

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.

Mother's Day at Your Local Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.01.2015 | Women
Christopher Zoukis

Regardless of how we feel about people who are in prison, children have a right to see, to touch, and to speak with their parents (obviously, provided doing so poses no risks for the child).

Prison-to-Prison Pipeline Keeps Black Men and Their Families Behind Bars

Alan Singer | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The prison-to-prison pipeline works in two ways. By some estimates, almost seventy percent of young Black men who have been in prison are likely to return, largely because nothing positive waits for them outside. But the prison-to-prison pipeline is also a multi-generational pipeline.

An Open Letter to Seth Rogen

David Rothenberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
David Rothenberg

At 81 years of age and the Founder of The Fortune Society, I was the old man in the room. The legal status of marijuana was of minor interest to me. Keeping these young people out of jail and prison was my major goal.

How Do You Earn Respect in Prison?

Quora | Posted 06.16.2015 | Weird News
Quora

Ultimately, the course of earning (more) respect is entirely up to the individual and their preference of method. The truth is that some people are simply good at being bad and doing good requires hard work. Throwing your hands up in the air and saying "I give up" is much easier than resisting negativity and continuing down a more positive path.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Can Rand Paul Win The GOP Nomination?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Pollsters consider the prospects for Rand Paul's candidacy. A plurality of Americans say current drug sentencing laws are too harsh. And Americans are...

These Ex-Cons Are Helping Troubled Youth Avoid The Missteps That Landed Them In Prison

Mic | Darnell L. Moore | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact

Every hero has a past. When we think of formerly incarcerated people, we often focus on their previous actions rather than their humanity. The ter...

Mumia Abu-Jamal Suffering From Diabetes Complications

AP | Michael Rubinkam | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal was rushed to a hospital to be treated for complications from diabetes, according to f...

Words Beyond Walls: Dreams of Freedom

Christina Fialho | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Christina Fialho

"Wake me up when I'm in heaven." These are the opening words of M.E.'s poem, which speaks to the challenges of prolonged immigration detention.

Criminal Justice - There's an App for That

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 05.30.2015 | Crime
Brandon L. Greene

The promise of a second impression is to simplify the job search for people with records and to leverage consumer power to either support progressive employers or put pressure on employers who fail to adopt more progressive hiring policies.

Compassion Around the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Just over two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world.

Treat, Don't Traumatize

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

It's not enough to simply stop unjustly and disproportionately imprisoning the mentally ill. We need better care. Mental health providers must acknowledge and work to reduce the risk of traumatization during the treatment process.

Book Review: The Best Resource Directory

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

The Best Resource Directory is a terrific buy for any prisoner or their loved ones. It's chock-full of listings and contact information for a huge number of resource vendors for prisoners and their families.