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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 11.05.2015 | Gay 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...

Homelessness, Racism and Social Justice

Jeff Olivet | Posted 10.16.2015 | Impact
Jeff Olivet

We have focused primarily on poverty, housing, and services--all critical to ending homelessness. Now we must broaden the conversation about homelessness to include racism. If we are unable to do this, we will never face ourselves, and we will never solve homelessness.

The Unnecessarily High Cost Of Inmate Calling Charges Is An Injustice

Cory Booker | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Cory Booker

The opportunity and ability to turn one's life around is a fundamental principle of justice and of the American Dream. Unfortunately, it seems this principle of American values has gone missing from our broken justice system. Fixing the way inmates interact with the outside world is an important step in restoring it.

Relief For Woman Sentenced To 20 Years For Using Meth While Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

A woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for using methamphetamine while pregnant may soon go free. In 2014, Melissa McCann-Arms was convicted...

Understanding the Community Impacts of the Incarceration Epidemic

Linda P. Fried | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

While addressing problems inherent in our system of criminal justice, we must also redirect investment and energy to prevent this epidemic of incarceration and support the health of communities.

Debtors Prisons: How Counties Use Poor People to Fund Criminal Justice

ACLU of Washington | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
ACLU of Washington

After struggling with addiction and mental illness, Jayne Fuentes served her time, found a job and got her life back on track. She's been sober and crime-free for three years, but one thing still dogs her: fear of being jailed or forced to do physical labor because she can't afford to pay the government.

All Americans Deserve a Chance to Rebuild Their Lives

Paul N. Samuels | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul N. Samuels

Sanctions against people with drug convictions create obstacles to education, housing and public benefits -- the very things we know reduce recidivism and make communities safer, healthier and better places to live.

What Pope Francis Says to Us "Lost Sheep"

Lauren Boyle | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.

Exquisite Risk: John of the Cross and the Transformational Power of Captivity

Mirabai Starr | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

Sometimes it is in our prisons that we find our freedom. In 1577, when St. John of the Cross was thirty-five years old, he was abducted by his own monastic brothers and incarcerated for nine months in a monastery in Toledo, Spain.

Against Solitary Confinement

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.22.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Don't get me wrong: The most immoral prisoner has earned his government-sponsored home. Quite thoroughly. But by treating him in an inhumane manner that extends beyond confinement, we too become all too human. We too commit a moral wrong.

Growing Up With an Incarcerated Parent, Learning How to Forgive

Yasmine Arrington | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Yasmine Arrington

When I was growing up, from infancy to my teenage years, my father was in and out of prison and therefore not a consistent presence in my life. I understand and have witnessed the emotional, mental, and financial strain that having an incarcerated parent has on a child and the family unit.

Are Black Women Paying the Costs of Incarceration? | Posted 09.18.2015 | Black Voices

not only are Black women largely footing the bill for our nation's overreliance on incarceration, they are also often stigmatized when their loved ones return home and are subject to restrictive and discriminatory housing policies that render them vulnerable to homelessness and poverty.

Jail Is Sinking Families Into Poverty, And Women Pay The Most

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 09.15.2015 | Crime

Ten years after her brother was sentenced to prison for bringing undocumented immigrants over the border, Carla Gonzalez's parents have only just begu...