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Mass Incarceration

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.

My One Wish for Father's Day

Ebony Underwood | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Ebony Underwood

In April 2015, the New York Times wrote that there are 1.5 million men missing in the Black community because of mass incarceration. My father is one of them.

Kalief Browder's Death Shows the Lethality of Our Broken Court System

Raj Jayadev | Posted 06.19.2015 | Crime
Raj Jayadev

While Kalief Browder is no longer alive, there are entire generations who can be saved from his fate if this historic moment of calling for police accountability expanded its lens to the court system.

Why It Matters That Hillary Clinton Is Talking About Mass Incarceration and Voter Reform

Lindsay Holcomb | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Lindsay Holcomb

The 2016 election poses an important opportunity for sweeping reform from the top built out of the changing discussions of criminal justice and police practice taking place from the grassroots in the U.S. today.

Jim Crow Again: Lessons for Fighting This Giant (1 Samuel 17)

Melissa Browning | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Melissa Browning

We must remember that when David was gathering those stones, the giant was still standing, still sucking in the air that those on the other side of the valley were desperately trying to breathe. We live in a time when too many giants are still standing. Poverty. Racism. Discrimination. Oppression. Inequality.

Mass Incarceration's Invisible Casualties: Women and The Criminal Justice System

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Michele Goodwin

When Americans think about the war on drugs, often images of violent men behind bars shape their understandings. This persistent picture obscures the true realities and costs of both mass incarceration and the U.S. drug war.

How 'Orange Is the New Black' Misrepresents Women's Federal Prison and Why It Matters

Amos Irwin | Posted 06.24.2015 | Women
Amos Irwin

This Friday -- when we all start binge-watching Season 3 to find out what happens to Rosa -- keep in mind that the show misrepresents the real women's federal prison population. If Netflix is the closest you've gotten to women's federal prison, here are four things that you need to know.

Ben Walsh

Prisoners Pay Millions To Call Loved Ones Every Year. Now This Company Wants Even More.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business

A captive market, no competition and government contracts that make monopoly-enabled price gouging the industry standard -- it’s never been in doubt...

Prison Reform in Maine State Prison

Michael Santos | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime
Michael Santos

Political leaders like President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Rand Paul have been speaking in a unified voice on the need for prison reform. But prison and sentencing reform will require more than talk.

Charity Is Not a Substitute for Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In many corners we hear the same old exhortation that the way to fix poverty and anything else that ails Americans is for us to become a nation of Good Samaritans. But has giving a beggar a coin ever been as effective as creating an economy that provides him or her a good education and a job?

On Mass Incarceration, We Have Reached a Tipping Point

Aspen Institute | Posted 06.03.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

While the Alliance focuses on these supports and interventions from cradle to career, one key recommendation within our larger approach includes offering a second chance to those who have been imprisoned. That will mean providing guidelines to businesses on attracting, hiring and training boys and young men who are at risk of imprisonment or recidivism.

CEO Offers Hope to Formerly Incarcerated

Michael Santos | Posted 06.02.2015 | Crime
Michael Santos

Some may find it strange that the CEO of a publicly traded company would speak with a man who served 26 years in federal prison. But Lew Cirne, founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Relic, took time out of a busy Friday to meet with me in his office.

Turning Around the Era of Incarceration Generation

Marc Schindler | Posted 06.01.2015 | Crime
Marc Schindler

The political landscape has changed dramatically, and leaders from all across the spectrum are finally embracing "smart on crime" reforms to reduce the costs and size of a criminal justice system widely recognized to be broken and ineffective.

Let's Get Real: Prison Is No Place for Elitism

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 06.01.2015 | Crime
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Targeting corruption in prison education programs without targeting it elsewhere only serves to limit options for an already-disadvantaged population without solving any wider problems.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Working to End Mass Incarceration

Gregory Cendana | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Gregory Cendana

Together, we are working toward achieving a reformed criminal justice system that offers formerly imprisoned people an economic path forward and restores voting rights -- and we are already winning battles.

Criminal Justice Reform Demands Political Leadership, Not Editorials

David Rothenberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
David Rothenberg

Across the nation, there has been a recent barrage of media reports, in progressive as well as conservative publications, advocating and applauding reforms in the criminal justice system.

WATCH LIVE: Ending Mass Incarceration in America

Aspen Institute | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

We are at a pivotal moment. Supporters of mass incarceration have argued that locking people away is needed to fight crime, but the imprisonment rate has climbed regardless of fluctuations in crime rates, giving the United States the highest incarceration rates in the world.

A New Normal for Baltimore... and Beyond

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Senator Catherine Pugh

As the light continues to shine on us, we have an opportunity to transform the character of the city by seriously welcoming, and making visible, two populations of people who can be key to our physical and moral recovery: college students and citizens with criminal records.

Crisis and Turning Points in the Fight for Racial Justice

Laura De Palma | Posted 05.08.2015 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

These protests, this rebellion and the Black Lives Matter movement is demanding the actualization of racial justice in this country and is causing a shift of the national consciousness and discourse on mass incarceration and PIC. This is a turning point.

Police Thug Game: The Hunger Games of Baltimore and America

Maxim Thorne | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Maxim Thorne

In the Hunger Games bestselling novels and movies, the rich capital uses terroristic "games" to control the 12 poor surrounding districts. No young fan of the books or movies would miss the uncanny parallels between the treatment of Balitmore's poor and the brutal jovial wanton violence against Panem's poor.

Escaping from the Dark

Matthew Cooke | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Technology affords us a new hope. With the advent of the iPhone we're in a national state of shock regarding the incredibly destructive "shoot first" culture of many police departments. This shock could lead to major reform that could uplift and save so many lives.

Mitt Romney Says Hillary Clinton Politicized Baltimore Tragedy To Get Support From The Black Community

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor, said 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's remark...