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Mass Incarceration

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Discusses Sandra Bland Tragedy, ISIL and More

Aspen Institute | Posted 08.04.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

In response to the recent death of Sandra Bland and the controversy over arrest tactics, Lynch is deeply disheartened that it took such a tragedy to finally bring the topic of officer de-escalation to the forefront.

Mass Incarceration's Failure: America's Bias in Arrest, Conviction and Sentencing

Antonio Moore | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Antonio Moore

Mass incarceration has become one of the most debated criminal justice issues in American media. We have realized the error in the model of incarceration used over the last 30 years in the United States. Interestingly, the reality of the systems truly unfair application, and the resulting fallout has not been covered fully.

13 Issues Facing Native People Beyond Mascots And Casinos

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

Most of the recent headlines about indigenous Americans have had to do with a certain D.C. football team, or a surpassingly dumb Adam Sandler movie, ...

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.

Hurry Up And Wait For Justice: The Struggles Of Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

When the judicial system that is supposed to protect us continues to fail us and our families, and when we have evidence to clear us of these crimes that goes ignored, it's extremely hard to keep our sanity.

These Programs Are Helping Prisoners Live Again On The Outside

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

For some prisoners, especially those that have spent years or decades of their lives locked up, getting out comes with a mixture of overwhelming joy ...

Ending Mass Incarceration, But Not for Immigrants: A Tale of Two Policies

Anita Sinha | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Anita Sinha

While the critical subject of a runaway U.S. criminal justice system is gaining momentum toward reforms, the Obama Administration is vigorously defending the mass detention of non-U.S. citizens, including the detention of women and children.

How Many More Sandra Blands?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The abusive arrest and subsequent suspicious death of Sandra Bland is, tragically, far from an isolated incident. On the same day that the facts started to emerge about Bland, Kindra Chapman, an 18-year-old African American girl reportedly took her own life in an Alabama prison cell, after being arrested for allegedly stealing a cellphone.

The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.22.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

In this age of hollow justice, courts of order, and government-sanctioned tyranny, the Constitution is no safeguard against government wrongdoing such as SWAT team raids, domestic surveillance, police shootings of unarmed citizens, indefinite detentions, asset forfeitures, prosecutorial misconduct and the like.

A Historic Week for the Fight to #EndMassIncarceration! But Will President Obama Play It Safe or Courageously?

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

The President can and must do more. There are at least two things in his executive authority and at least one or two more things that he must call on Congress to do in order to meet the challenge of the hour.

The Conversation on U.S. Prisons We Should Be Having

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 07.18.2015 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

This week, President Obama has put a much-needed spotlight on the vicious cycle of mass incarceration. In the past three decades, the prison population in the U.S. has ballooned due to a number of factors that have created a system rife with discrimination and other abuses.

Solitary Confinement: 'It's As If We Want Them to Fail'

Sean Larner | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Sean Larner

Evan Ebel was worried about leaving prison -- and reasonably so. His last couple years were spent by himself in a cinderblock cell the size of two queen mattresses.

President Obama: You Forgot Women and Mass Incarceration

Michele Goodwin | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

There is urgent need to recognize that the dangerous norms that trigger male incarceration, particularly the drug war, also impact women. This issue will not resolve on its own. Nor will policy solutions designed primarily, if not exclusively for men, address the concerns of women behind bars.

President Obama Won't Get a Chance to Visit Sandra Bland Behind Bars

Will Bunch | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Will Bunch

The fact that her death occurred at the start of Obama's week-long criminal-justice policy offensive is profoundly depressing. That Monday, Obama used a pen to free 46 federal prisoners, but off-camera, Sandra Bland was suffocating under decades of racial bias and bigotry.

Labor Must Act to Stop Mass Incarceration

Richard Trumka | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Richard Trumka

When a nonviolent offender spends a decade or more of their life behind bars because of mandatory minimum sentencing, no one benefits. When those who have paid their debt to society cannot find housing or a job, the entire economy suffers. When a generation of young Americans advance through our prison system instead of our school system, our nation is weaker for it.

President Obama Is Right: Americans of All Stripes Strongly Support Reducing the Country's Prison Population

Alison Holcomb | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Alison Holcomb

In early June, the ACLU commissioned a nationwide poll of registered voters who are likely to vote in the 2016 presidential election. The results, released Wednesday, demonstrate that we have arrived at a bipartisan moment where majorities of Americans no longer believe our criminal justice system serves the common good.

Why Prison Warden Scott Walker Must Be Stopped

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Governor Walker is a clear and present danger to the future of social justice in America, a twenty-first century menace who would, without compromise, destroy every last vestige of the public sector and turn the U.S. into an even bigger prison than it is now.

A Long-Awaited Promise: Obama Gets Real About Criminal Justice Reform

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Sharda Sekaran

Fifteen years ago, when I first started working on drug policy and criminal justice reform issues, I never would have imagined these words coming out of the mouth of a sitting U.S. president. But then again, I would never have imagined Barack Obama.

Experts Say De Blasio's Bail Reform Plan Is Not Enough

HuffPost Live | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.13.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week his plan for the allocation of $17.8 million to reduce unwarranted jail time for defendants awaiting trial. T...

The Drug War Hurts Latinos, and We Have the Power to Stop It

Mayra Espinoza-Martinez | Posted 07.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Mayra Espinoza-Martinez

The one thing all parents share is the desire to protect their kids. Although the legalization and regulation of all drugs may seem counterintuitive to that desire, repealing prohibition will keep our communities safer. Legalization reduces the profit margins of illicit products and disincentivizes the time, money, and violence necessary to traffic drugs.

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.

The Part of Prison We Aren't Talking About

Sean Larner | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Sean Larner

In this era of mass incarceration, 750,000 men, women and children are released from prison and out-of-home placement annually. Many are like Sherane: growing up in prison only to be released into the same life that made crime necessary in the first place.

The Promise of Potential

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

We are all the floundering Israelites in the desert, and we are all, each of us, a Moses who who will not tolerate a system that is indifferent to basic need of any person to transcend her past, elevate her present, and imagine her dignified future.

Reversing Injustices of Mass Incarceration: It Takes a Village

Michael Santos | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Michael Santos

Our nation's commitment to mass incarceration began decades ago. In the early 1970s, America's prison population levels approximated the per-capita levels of other civilized countries.

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.