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Incarceration

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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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.

How to Get Away With Murder: The State of Capital Punishment

Trey Lyon | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Every tweet, interview, Facebook post and letter speaks to Kelly's willingness to not only pursue peace but to minister to other inmates, sharing hope and light from a place of internal resilience.

John Legend Speaks to the Crack in the System Caused by Mass Incarceration

Antonio Moore | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Antonio Moore

Crack in the System's goal is simply to dig deeper, supply more facts, and provide the definitive story. We accomplished this by interviewing several individuals never seen on camera before speaking about the realities of their involvement with the reach of the contra scandal and cocaine epidemic.

'Prison Legal News' vs. the State of Florida: A Battle Against Censorship

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.27.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The State of Florida wishes to suppress a long-respected voice of dissent and social justice by targeting arguably "dangerous" content in the advertisements. By prohibiting the advertisement of lawful endeavors everyone should take pause and ask: what are they afraid of?

Mass Incarceration's Impact on Black and Latino Women and Children

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices
Herron Keyon Gaston

As Americans, we know the overwhelming impact incarceration has on our children and our communities. No longer can we afford to sit idle on the sidelines with bated breath and watch our communities deteriorate. Instead, we must place stronger demands on our government.

How A Parent's Incarceration Mentally And Emotionally Scars Their Children

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact

Ifetayo Harvey's father was sentenced to 15 years in prison for cocaine trafficking when she was just 4 years old. Even though he only served half of ...

First Amendment Under Fire: Pennsylvania's 'Silencing Act' Puts Society at Risk

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

This past October, a startling bill was fast-tracked through the Pennsylvania legislature that should make every one of us take pause and think about what those documents really mean.

Overdose Prevention in a New York City Prison: Start of a Groundbreaking New Initiative

Allan Clear | Posted 04.08.2015 | New York
Allan Clear

Risk of death from overdosing on heroin or other opioids such as Vicodin or OxyContin goes up substantially after periods of refraining from drug use. Quantities that once brought pleasure can be fatal after a period of abstinence. The research shows that individuals leaving jail or prison are particularly vulnerable.

The Results Are In: Social Enterprise Works

Carla Javits | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

We're all aware of income inequality and the need for initiatives to address common societal issues. Yet we don't often hear about whether programs meant to help people really solve the problems at hand, because few steps are taken to actually assess the outcomes, leaving evaluation of the initiatives to little more than a gut feeling.

Caring For Stray Dogs Gave This Former Inmate A Second Chance At Life

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact

A new documentary, "Dogs on the Inside," features a group of prison inmates searching for a second chance at life, in part by caring for a group of st...

This Woman Wants To End The Stigma Of Having A Parent In Prison, And It's Personal

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact

Jasmine Barclay knows exactly what it feels like to be stigmatized for having a parent in prison. She's also a producer of the documentary "Echoes of ...

Kids, Trauma, and Adult Jail

Marcos Barbery | Posted 03.28.2015 | Crime
Marcos Barbery

In the adult system, resource-poor kids are sitting ducks for prosecutors, who are notorious for overcharging the indigent. The adult jail conditions are so dire they place additional pressure on kids to give up and plead guilty to jacked charges.

A Future in Prison

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

During recent visits with concerned communities focused on drone warfare, many have helped me see a connection between the drone killings across Central Asia and the Middle East and the casual executions and incarceration of young black males in our own country.

Artist Documents Her Time In Jail Through Raw And Disturbing Comics

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.14.2015 | Arts

In June 2014, comic artist Elana Pritchard was arrested for violating a court order. For two months, she served time for her violation in the women’...