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Mass Incarceration

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

Tony Newman | Posted 01.22.2015 | 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 01.21.2015 | 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.

The American Gulag

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

On any day of your choice, the United States, with 5 percent of the world's population, has close to 25 percent of the people imprisoned on this planet.

Your Home Is Your Prison

Maya Schenwar | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Maya Schenwar

On January 27, domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander will walk out of Florida's Duval County jail -- but she won't be free.

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Nearly 50 others have now joined us in the practice of making a grant a day. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we have made 790 total grants in 55 countries.

The Fierce Urgency of Now

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

While grading term papers in the undergraduate course I teach at USF, "From Slavery to Obama," I found myself watching the televised funeral of one the NYPD officers recently assassinated by an apparently deranged African-American man. The coincidence prompted me to reflect on the moral and political challenges confronting our nation as we commence the new year of 2015.

Runaway Inequality, Runaway Incarceration

Les Leopold | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Les Leopold

The vibrant public response to these police killings is heartening. We are taking to the streets, and rightly so. But where are our protests heading? What should we demand that adequately addresses this destruction of life and hope?

The 'Punishment Economy' Must End

Zachary Norris | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices
Zachary Norris

To change our punishment economy to one that provides care, the state must move funding toward support. Funding that goes toward the militarization of police and prisons and jails should instead be reallocated to community-based programs, job training, education, health care and restorative justice initiatives.

Are You Outraged by the Drug War Yet?

Julie Netherland | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Julie Netherland

This holiday season, a time when I am normally filled with thoughts of light and hope, I find myself reflecting on the horrors of our failed war on drugs.

Mass Incarceration Has Affected Me My Whole Life

Jasmine Barclay | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Jasmine Barclay

America incarcerates more people than any other country, and what people don't understand it that this has consequences for more than the people locked up.

70 Year Old Woman Prosecuted for Neglecting Her 98 Year Old Mother

Eric Lotke | Posted 01.17.2015 | Crime
Eric Lotke

We hear too many stories of our supersized justice system. Too many people locked up, the school-to-prison pipeline, etc. Here is another one: A 70 year old woman in Alexandria, Virginia, has been prosecuted for failing to take adequate care of her ailing, wheel-chair bound, 98 year old mother.

The 2014 Elections and the Future of Black America

William Lynch III | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
William Lynch III

No matter where you stand on the issues, you must concede that there will be extreme gridlock for the next two years: Congress will block President Obama's appointments, while in turn the president will use up a lot of ink with a steady stream of vetoes when Congress passes bills to undermine his agenda.

Ryan Grim

The Dark-Horse Policy Reform That Has Both Obama And Some GOPers Optimistic

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

With Democrats holding the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it's been suggested that the odds are slim of any major ...

How the Criminal Justice System Fails the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 01.10.2015 | Crime
Lydia L. Callis

Imagine a situation where you are accused of a crime -- perhaps a crime you did not commit, or maybe even a crime you were the victim of. The arresting officers use a different language; you're unable to communicate what happened before you get brought to jail.

Nonviolent Drug Offenders Should Not Be Taking Up Prison Beds

Stephen Downing | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Stephen Downing

Few people know what it feels like to arrest a man. To hear the click of the handcuffs that so ominously foretells the loss of freedom, citizenship rights and personal potential for years to come.

Break the Cycle Of Mass Incarceration

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

As a nation that claims to value fairness and equality for all, mass incarceration is a disgrace. But it doesn't have to be this way. And this Election Day, Calilfornians have an opportunity to take a significant step toward ending it.

Why We Marched

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

Because we have already called for an end to mass incarceration, but, though there has been progress, our elected local, state and especially federal officials haven't gone far enough.

Defending the Dream in Ferguson: Vest or Vote

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

This past weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in continued protests, forums, and demonstrations seeking justice for Mike Brown and other victims as part of the highly organized Ferguson October weekend of civil disobedience.

Charles Smith: #HeStillDeservedLife

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Black Voices
Renaldo Pearson

By now, you've probably seen this controversial news out of Savannah, Georgia: On a Thursday morning nearly a month ago (September 18), 29 year-old Charles Smith was shot and killed, while handcuffed, by Savannah-Chatham Police Officer David Jannot.

Restoring Dignity to Criminal Justice

Jim Liske | Posted 12.06.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Why should we care if more criminals are behind bars for longer sentences? As president of the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, I've seen the downsides of mass incarceration up close.

Matt Sledge

California Prison Reform's Biggest Backer Is Also Friends With Karl Rove

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

Thousands of California prisoners could be released if state voters pass a referendum downgrading certain non-violent felonies to misdemeanors next mo...

The Shocking Truth About Women In U.S. Prisons

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women

The U.S. has a serious female prisoner problem. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, there are 201,200 women incarcerated in t...

Prosecutors Can Play Role in Ending Mass Incarceration

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

No one argues that a federal prosecutor's role is easy. And, in many ways, the revolution in prosecution requires them to make even more subtle and difficult judgments than they do already. But if the nation is to end mass incarceration, with a criminal justice system suited to that goal, we must collectively embrace the revolution in prosecution.

Holder's Legacy: Steering Away From the Drug War and Mass Incarceration

Bill Piper | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

When it comes to criminal justice reform, Attorney General Eric Holder -- who announced today he will soon resign -- waged a revolution from within. Taken individually some of his work seems incremental. Seen as a whole it's quite bold.

Incarceration or Redemption?

Jim Burklo | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

We ask God to forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. One of our trespasses has been the unprecedented mass incarceration of mostly black and brown people for insufficient causes.