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Mass Incarceration

Deja News on Race, Gays, Hebdo... And the 'Error' of Mass Incarceration

Mark Green | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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Lamarche and Christie agree on Marriage Equality and Charlie Hebdo but, like the country, divide on why it's the fire this time in Baltimore. Will we have recurring police-triggered violence -- from Harlem in 1930s to Ferguson and Baltimore today -- or can government reduce both police violence and urban pathologies?

Democrats Renew Call to Reform, Justice and Investment in Our Communities

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

So when I read about Freddie Gray, it brought the fight for change into focus. Yes, I can blog and tweet and march and hashtag -- and I will -- but as a political organizer by heart and habit, I believe my calling is to insist that the candidates I support take action to create jobs and justice.

The Big Problem With The Term 'Mass Incarceration'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.02.2015 | Black Voices

Hillary Clinton made headlines for her frank speech about mass incarceration on Wednesday, but did her lofty words completely bypass the real issue at...

Hillary's Speech: I'm Delighted But Disappointed Too

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Ethan Nadelmann

The fact that the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president chose the subject of mass incarceration as the focus of her first major policy address since she announced her candidacy is of great significance politically.

How the War on Drugs Contributes to the '1.5 Million Missing Black Men'

Tony Newman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

On Monday, the New York Times published a deeply upsetting piece titled, "1.5 Million Missing Black Men." The numbers are shocking and offensive.

Over-Policed and Underserved

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

Contrary to the myth we've been sold that more police, and more jails and prisons, are the best or only way to keep us safe, the real solutions to community safety lie in the things that make for thriving neighborhoods.

America, It's Been a Privilege

Will Bunch | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Will Bunch

You really can buy anything in America in 2015 -- even things you would never guess in a million years that someone wanted to buy. Who knew, before this weekend, that if you donate enough money, you can even become a quasi-cop and go chasing down criminals and assorted poor people in your spare time? Is this an exceptional country or what?

Dozens Arrested In Nationwide Protests Against Police Violence

Reuters | Sebastien Malo | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) - Protesters in several U.S. cities blocked highways and swarmed police precincts, leading to at least two dozen arrests ...

Why I Favor Drug Legalization

Laura Weiss | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Laura Weiss

Drug-related incarceration has little to do with the risks of recreational drug use, and everything to do with keeping the systems in place that fuel violence, systemic racism, the cycle of poverty, and the prison pipeline.

John Legend Launches Campaign To End Mass Incarceration

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend has launched a campaign to end mass incarceration. The Grammy-winning singer announced the multiyear initiative, FREE A...

A New Approach That Unwinds the Drug War and Produces Dramatic Reductions in Recidivism

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Gabriel Sayegh

One of the most innovative reforms in the country is one you've probably never heard of. That's about to change, because Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is transforming the national discussion about how to end the war on drugs and mass incarceration.

On Black Women and Feminism in Brazil

Bianca Santana | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Bianca Santana

Though we've made great advancements over the last few years, Brazil is still a very unequal and racist country. And the story of black women in Brazil is also the story of my life, although I have been more fortunate than many.

Cookie Lyon of Fox's 'Empire' Sheds Rare Light on Black Women's Incarceration and Reentry

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 03.27.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Unfortunately, the damage resulting from the nearly decade long apex of black female confinement is substantial.

D.C. Church Installs Solitary Confinement Cell Replica For Lenten Reflection

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion

The United States keeps thousands of its prisoners in solitary confinement or some other type of segregated housing. A group of religious leaders is t...

Ferguson Signals the New Civil Rights Frontier for Changemakers: Transforming our Courts

Raj Jayadev | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Raj Jayadev

Witnessing the conveyer belt of convictions in Maplewood and other courtrooms, it is difficult to argue that the criminal court system is an area where constitutional rights are being exercised to mete out justice. Rather, it functions as an efficient delivery system for mass incarceration.

Our Indifference Is Killing People With Mental Illness

Jordan Melograna | Posted 03.10.2015 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

We have to fundamentally change our view. The next time you run across someone having a mental health crisis on the street, think to yourself: if this person were having a heart attack, would you want them arrested?

Black Equality Doesn't End in February

Carmen Berkley | Posted 05.02.2015 | Black Voices
Carmen Berkley

Black History Month is more than just acknowledgement in a newspaper or a special program at the kids' school. It's an opportunity to reflect on how far Black people in the United States have come in their struggle for justice and equal rights.

Bill Maher Calls on Obama to End Drug War and Free Drug War Prisoners

Tony Newman | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

Almost every week he talks about our country's absurd war on drugs. Last week he did his best rap ever on the drug war that was both hilarious and blood-boiling.

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.

The Movement Builders: Lorenzo Jones and Robert Rooks

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Gabriel Sayegh

This Black History Month, we recognize Lorenzo and Robert, and thank them for their vision and leadership, which continues to undergird this movement for justice and human rights.

The Black Male Incarceration Problem Is Real and It's Catastrophic

Antonio Moore | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

There may be more black men in college than in prison, but the truth still stands that there are a socially catastrophic number of black men behind bars in the United States.

Black History Month Is a Time to Reckon With Police Bias Against African-Americans and Latinos

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

In view of these difficult realties, we want to use Black History Month as a time to remember all struggles for black and Latino civil rights, so it serves as a moment not only to reflect but also to mobilize by demanding justice for Jessica, Aiyana and Orta and all black and Latino lives.

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Just like immigration reform, mass incarceration and the need to change our criminal justice system are sparking another movement -- especially after the parable of Ferguson woke up the country.

Obama Says Treating Drug Use As A Criminal Problem Is "Counterproductive"

Tony Newman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

President Barack Obama continues to speak out against mass incarceration, the devastating impact of our drug policies on communities of color and his expectation that marijuana legalization will continue to spread.

We Need to Stop Lying and Repent

Jonathan Walton | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Marching down the streets of NYC in remembrance of MLK, I thought not of the anger swarming around me, but of the King that Dr. King followed. There is no freedom apart from Jesus, no victory that does not include His name.