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Mass Incarceration

Decision Points: Police Should Engage in Local Justice System Reform to Build Trust and Strengthen Communities

Hassan Aden | Posted 08.28.2015 | Crime
Hassan Aden

There is no singular solution to the crisis in local justice systems that many communities face. Only by focusing on the criminal justice system holistically can we help prevent unnecessary jail stays and reduce the problem of mass incarceration.

I Was Wrongfully Convicted And So Are Too Many Others

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many innocent people are sitting in prison with convictions for crimes they did not commit. This is often due to prosecutors who blatantly ignore information that might point away from their chosen suspect. Much of the time, these other leads could have exonerated an innocent prisoner, but they go totally disregarded.

Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

Ming Holden | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Ming Holden

Manning's current work on The Odyssey Project film grows out of the belief that relying on that "sophisticated machine" of mainstream media to tell the truth about incarcerated young men of color would be an exercise in futility.

What Prison, Poetry, And A Redhead Have In Common

Susan Sobel | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Susan Sobel

What do you say to a young girl in juvenile detention when she tells you she cannot eat the Cheetos you offered because her "daddy" wants her skinny, so she can keep making him money?

Hillary Clinton Continues To Distance Herself From Her Husband's Crime Policies

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

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Black Lives Matter Releases Video Of Closed-Door Meeting With Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newly released video of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private meeting with Black Lives Matter activists ...

Bryan Stevenson: Reflections on Justice, Mercy and Mass Incarceration

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Bryan Stevenson demonstrates leadership by not just simply espousing his vision of justice. He lives out this vision each day as he represents clients and advances policy reform.

Summer Reading List: The Top 6 Books on Leadership for Social Justice

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

A study of leadership serves as your "leadership compass," an indispensable navigational tool. This compass will aid you in developing your leadership skills and creating a vision for the future of social change.

Ending the Drug War Won't End Mass Incarceration -- But It's a Necessary First Step

Daniel Robelo | Posted 08.12.2015 | Crime
Daniel Robelo

The momentum is heartening but not nearly enough. We've only scratched the surface -- feel-good rhetoric, a few dozen pardons -- while leaving the larger, unjust, racist system intact.

It's Time to Examine the Role Prosecutors Play in Driving Mass Incarceration

Art Way | Posted 08.12.2015 | Crime
Art Way

As we acknowledge the year anniversary of Michael Brown's death, local district attorneys are no longer an invisible force, untouchable by advocates who traditionally have focused on police alone.

The Soul of a Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week we funded stories and soul around the world from Kandace Vallejo's Youth Rise Texas project that works with children of incarcerated parents, to Tracie Pouliot's Chair City Oral History project that tells the stories of a working class community in Massachusetts.

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Ming Holden

The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.

Is the Black Lives Matter Movement Sabotaging Itself By Disrupting Bernie Sanders Rallies?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Perhaps this emphasis on real world events instead of abstractions about economic justice will help Sanders with the activists in the Black Lives Matter movement and people of color in general. However, it would be remiss for such activists to let the perfect be the enemy of the good!

Infiltrating Prison with Love, Compassion, and Respect

Nancy Deville | Posted 08.11.2015 | Women
Nancy Deville

When I tell people that I teach yoga to incarcerated women, I often see a look pass over their faces. To me, there is no greater need than women who are locked into cages, demoralized, deprived of sunlight, nutrition, and physical comforts.

5 Reasons Black Lives Matter Should Also Protest Hillary Clinton's Events

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Black Lives Matter is a noble organization that has brought much needed attention to profound issues; however, recent protests ignore the fact that Clinton's political career runs contrary to many of the organization's stated objectives.

When the Justice System Detains a Sick Mother of 8 for Stealing Food, It Says Black Lives Don't Matter

Erica Garner | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices
Erica Garner

We applaud Gov. Cuomo for temporarily instituting a special prosecutor to investigate tragedies like Raynette Turner's death. But we find it necessary to highlight a glaring question: Is it reasonable to keep a visibly sick mother of eight in jail for two days because she allegedly stole food?

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

Aspen Institute | Posted 08.14.2015 | 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 08.15.2015 | 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.