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'Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here' in the Line of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 4 of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.26.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

In Chicago, the U.S. city that suffers the highest rates of gun violence and murder, a small team of unlikely adults employs a surprising technique to...

Why I Keep Sending Books to Prisoners

Idealist | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact

We don't have a charming mascot, color or theme. We send books to an underserved and incarcerated population. A lot of people have problems with that. Many believe that prisoners just ought to be punished.

Lutherans Adopt 'The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries'

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The statement affirms the fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal justice system, such as due process of law and the presumption of legal innocence, and it also recognizes serious deficiencies.

Obama's Paltry Pardon Record Contradicts Holder's Drug War Incarceration Concern

Radley Balko | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

If Holder and his boss truly believe that our federal prisons are populated with large numbers of people who don't deserve to be locked up, there's something they could do immediately to change that: grant those people clemency.

Smart on Crime: Attorney General Holder's Top Priority Is New Reforms to Decrease U.S. Prison Population

Kiernan Hopkins | Posted 10.16.2013 | Crime
Kiernan Hopkins

Holder explains that this vicious cycle of poverty, criminal activity and incarceration is a trap that too many of our Americans fall into which weakens our communities. Some features of our justice system need to be modified to help alleviate the problem, not exacerbate it.

Brazil Prison Break Captured On Video

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.13.2013 | World

About 50 inmates escaped Fundacao Casa facility after a massive riot broke out at the Sao Paolo youth detention center Monday. Helicopter cameras c...

Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

A lot has been reported about our nation's prison system and its bloated population, but this is what it looks like when you take all of the countries...

The DREAM 9 and Torture in Immigration Detention Centers

Ryan Campbell | Posted 10.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

To begin to understand the implications and politics of the conditions of this group of nine young undocumented immigrants, the DREAM 9, we must take a brief look at the condition of corporate immigration detention centers in the United States.

'Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here' In The Line Of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 3 Of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.02.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

Peacemaking circles, a cornerstone tool of the restorative justice movement, bring together victims and perpetrators, estranged or upset family members -- and on a weekly basis at The Center, members of opposing gangs.

"Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here" in the Line of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 2 of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 09.29.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

A tiny white nun with glasses and grey hair, Donna rolls down her window to wave to everyone she passes on the street, from heavily armed police patrols to clusters of men she knows to be gang members.

'Gun Laws Won't Impact Us Here' in the Line of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Part 1 of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Suzanne Skees

"I'm always shocked by how many of our kids say, 'Let me show you my bullet scars.' One boy in our program still has a bullet lodged in his abdomen. It's not really about being cool, like other teenagers with their tattoos: It's more like, this is who I am."

The New Assault on Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Marc Mauer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Marc Mauer

If policymakers are not moved by hungry children and unfair consequences for communities of color, they should at least be persuaded by this: Bans on public benefits for formerly incarcerated individuals are counterproductive.

Understanding Cause and Effect

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

How do we know when to abandon a successful policy? At first blush, this might seem a contradiction in terms. Why would one ever abandon a successful policy? But most policies have costs as well as benefits, and at a certain point one might decide that the costs outweigh benefits.

Callous Indifference to Young, Black Men

David Dagan | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
David Dagan

Cross-posted at Ten Miles Square. As debate rages over the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, it is important to remember that the initial outcry wa...

Puppets and Prisons

Joey Mazzarino | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Joey Mazzarino

I know what you're thinking: Who better to talk about a serious topic like children of incarcerated parents than a man who wiggles dollies for a living? But there's a reason, trust me.

Restorative Justice Behind Prison Walls

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 09.10.2013 | Crime
Pierre R. Berastaín

The men serving time at Norfolk Prison helped put together a retreat meant to inspire inmates to rehabilitate, mend the harms they have caused, and make promises to the community in and outside the prison walls that they will live more honest and honorable lives. It felt transformative.

Job Hunting With a Criminal Record

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 08.24.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

It's hard enough finding a job these days without having to explain a criminal record. According to a hiring discrimination study conducted by Princeton professor Devah Pager, having a criminal record may cut your chances of getting hired by half.

NYS Prisons: Scrapheaps or Repair Shops?

Jim Luce | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

New York, N.Y. A staggering two million children have one or more parents incarcerated in the United States. New York State -- with the fifth highes...

Colorado Was Just the Beginning

Susan Sarandon | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics
Susan Sarandon

In 2012 I supported Amendment 64 in Colorado, a common sense step toward ending the archaic prohibition mindset that has resulted in the U.S. leading the world in the incarceration of our people -- a prison system packed with non-violent drug offenders.

American Bicycle Thief Released After 3 1/2 Years: A Tale of Sick Justice

Ivan G. Goldman | Posted 06.20.2013 | Books
Ivan G. Goldman

Jurists elsewhere are baffled by America's curious infatuation with keeping so many nonthreatening people behind bars and in such awful conditions. Our system not only imprisons offenders who would not go to jail in other countries; it gives them long sentences.

Time for a New Mistake

Brian O'Dea | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Brian O'Dea

Time to make a new mistake. That's right. Unless we are prepared to do just that, nothing will ever change (for the better). I, for one, do not know what that right thing is, but I am willing to bet it contains two elements: empathy and kindness, both lacking in our current model.

Visiting Incarcerated Dads On Father's Day

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.17.2013 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Sayre Quevedo For many family members...

Got Caught With Pot? Business Planning... in Prison

Ellen Rohr | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Ellen Rohr

A lot of folks wouldn't hire an ex-con. Would you? If you got caught, this is my encouragement: Study up while you are incarcerated. Imagine ways to put your "entrepreneurial experience" to a legitimate use.

Disturbing DOJ Report Finds Sexual Abuse At Juvenile Detention Facilities Is Down, But Still Prevalent

Radley Balko | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

A new report (PDF) from the Bureau of Justice Statistics paints an unsettling picture of juvenile detention centers in the U.S. According to the s...

WATCH: Would Putting Me in Prison Serve the Common Good?

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Mass incarceration in our country is a problem, one that too often serves to line the pockets of for-profit prisons while tearing families apart and targeting people of color disproportionately.