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Mass Incarceration

Democrats Are Still Uncomfortable With Bill Clinton's Crime Bill

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA ― Former President Bill Clinton had a chance to grapple with the controversial legacy of his 1994 crime bill during his Tuesday night s...

Education In Prison: A Spiritual Revolution America Needs

Andy Watts | Posted 07.25.2016 | Education
Andy Watts

Higher education for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated is an extension of King's spiritual explosion of a material atom. Higher education in prison can be for many who are incarcerated a path to wholeness and productivity in various areas of life.

Donald Trump Does Not Know Policy, Starting With Criminal Justice Reform

Michael Duga | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Michael Duga

The general issue of criminal justice reform is so broad/complex that it cannot be addressed with populist sound bites. However, someone forgot to tell that to the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States.

It's Been A Rough Few Weeks For The Private Prison Industry

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Despite the bizarre politics on display in Cleveland, sometimes knowing where someone stands on an issue is pretty straightforward. We can be sure about this: The private prison industry doesn't share our goal of ending mass incarceration.

A Black Man Is A Moving Target

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Alexander Reynolds

The black man is no longer invisible in America. He is a moving target.

Your State Probably Has A Higher Incarceration Rate Than Most Countries

The Huffington Post | Lauren Aratani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics

Many U.S. states have incarceration rates that top any major country’s. Even Massachusetts, the state with the lowest incarceration rate, outranks 1...

Senior Advisor to President Obama Explains Why Incarceration Rates Are So High in the US

Quora | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics

Why are incarceration rates in the US so high relative to other countries? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelli...

Settlement ends debtors' prison in Washington county

ACLU of Washington | Posted 06.30.2016 | 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. But even though she'd b...

Public Defenders Stick Up For Judge In Brock Turner Case

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics

A group of 116 lawyers, criminal defense attorneys and public defenders have signed an open letter in support of Judge Aaron Persky, who handed down a...

Before We Say 'No More Drug War,' We Need to Shout 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Not One More'

Maritza Perez | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Maritza Perez

If the drug war were truly about going after drug users and eradicating consumption, white communities would see the same levels of criminalization as communities of color -- but they have not.

Watch Kids Read Moving Love Letters To Their Incarcerated Dads

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 06.21.2016 | Good News

It was difficult for some of the 2.7 million kids in the U.S. who have an incarcerated parent to celebrate Father’s Day. That’s why Google, in par...

We Know What Works To Save Juvenile Offenders Of Color, So Why Don't We Do More Of It?

Rahel Tekola | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
Rahel Tekola

As a child abuse and domestic violence advocate, I've worked comfortable in the knowledge I was on the 'right' side of the crime -- until this spring when I found myself advocating for a 13-year-old African-American Dallas boy accused of sexual assault. He was a victim, too.

Americans Asked to Sign Moral Declaration

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 06.13.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

The Moral Revival conceived by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. James Forbes moving across America. Beginning in April of this year in New...

De-Incarceration, a Different Drum so Needed

Kathy Kelly | Posted 06.09.2016 | Crime
Kathy Kelly

Along with VCNV companions, I'm part of a 150-mile walk from Chicago to Thomson, IL, a small town in Northwest IL where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is setting up an Administrative Maximum prison, also known as a Supermax.

The spiritual solution for re-entry after prison

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Years ago, Rev. Jeff Grant spent 14 months in Federal prison for a white-collar crime. Today, Jeff is the Director of Progressive Prison Ministries, t...

Undocumented and Black

Isy India Thusi | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Isy India Thusi

We must continue to demand comprehensive immigration reform. Furthermore, immigration reform must be sensitive to the unique challenges of migrants of color, especially black migrants who face increased policing and profiling.

REVIEW: Was 1960's Liberalism the Cause of Today's Overincarceration Crisis?

The National Book Review | Posted 06.04.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in Am...

How Our User-Pay Justice System Drives Mass Incarceration

The Vera Institute of Justice | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
The Vera Institute of Justice

A large part of our local justice system is funded by fines and fees extracted from so-called "users" of the system, even though 80 percent of these users are too poor to hire their own lawyer. This method of funding the system is common across the country.

An Ode To KJ: Children In The Era Of Mass Incarceration

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

KJ, I love you more than words do justice! I am so proud of you! You are truly a warrior in every sense of the word. You are an example not only for your siblings (Kam and BK), but an example for the millions of children experiencing a parental loss at the hands of mass incarceration.

Dismantling the School-To-Prison Pipeline

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Alexander Reynolds

Until fairly recently, mass incarceration was a fringe subject that no one gave two hoots about. Nowadays every vote grubbing statesman, media rent-a-...

Why I Left My 'Ex'

Glenn Martin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Glenn Martin

May 4th was a day I'd been anticipating for some time. That was the day Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, who heads the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice, publicly announced a new agency-wide policy directing her staff to stop using "disparaging labels" like "ex-convict" and "ex-felon" in all their communications.

Why Latinos Should Invest in Sentencing Reform

Maritza Perez | Posted 05.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Maritza Perez

Once incarcerated, Latinxs face limited economic opportunity, family trauma, turmoil, and deportation -- consequences that do not in any way reflect reasonable punishment for the often minor infractions that occur.

Why We Can't Afford to Wait for Federal Sentencing Reform

Jeremy Haile | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Jeremy Haile

With a limited legislative calendar this year, time is running out for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act -- a bipartisan bill to reduce drug penalties that have contributed to an 800% increase in the federal prison population since 1980.

Organization Versus Mobilization: A Call To Action By Mayor of Newark, NJ, Ras J. Baraka

Mayor Ras J. Baraka | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Mayor Ras J. Baraka

In an era when minority communities appear to be losing more than we are gaining, this "meeting of the minds," is not only about being on the right side of history, but also about having a part in shaping and making history.

Louisiana Number One in Incarceration

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Louisiana remained number 1, among the 50 states, with 38,030 in prison, a rate of 816 per 100,000 o...