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Mass Incarceration

Humans of New York Photo Series Exposes Lives Shattered by Drug War

Melissa Franqui | Posted 02.12.2016 | New York
Melissa Franqui

HONY has been sharing stories of people who are incarcerated in five different federal prisons across the Northeast -- including Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Missed Debate Question: Where Do You Stand on the Killing of Rickey Ray Rector?

Les Leopold | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

The PBS debate moderators missed a golden opportunity to ask Hillary and Bernie a crucial question: What did they think about the execution of Rickey Ray Rector in 1992?

Injustice anywhere: A reflection on homecare and Black History Month

Doug Moore | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

In California, this month is particularly poignant for the homecare providers of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). On February 1, all of t...

Here's Why Black People Should Think Twice Before Voting For Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton has the black vote in her hands. Eighty percent of black Democratic voters intended to cast their ballots for the 2016...

Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton Accepted Almost the Same Amount of Prison Lobbyist Donations

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

One little-known fact this year is that Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio have benefited from prison lobbyist money. In fact, they've taken almost the same amount of contributions from major prison lobbyists. Clinton's campaign has received $133,246 while Rubio's campaign accepted $133,450 from the prison lobby.

Even Black Kids In Kindergarten May Face Racial Bias

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices

A new study prompted by the spate of unarmed black men killed in America suggests people may be more likely to mistake a toy or a tool for a gun when...

Buju And the Deportee Narrative (Things Change)

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

The lyrics of Freddie McGregor's Big Ship rocked out in my head as I boarded the massive Norwegian Pearl cruise liner. It was a rainy Saturday after...

Wellness and the Black Molecular Future

Mark Anthony Johnson | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Johnson

Black wellness is the physiological resource that made the historical examples of liberation above possible. Be it by food, ceremony, or institutionalizing our healing practices, Black wellness asks us not only to believe in self-determination politically, but to imbue that belief with the raw material that makes the self feel vibrantly worth determining.

In This Era of Mass Incarceration, I Always Fit the Description

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

Last week I had the privilege to be a panelist at an NYU event. We were discussing the "Mass Incarceration" of colored people in America. It is a topic that I have significant personal and professional expertise; it is a topic that I feel represents one of the greatest social justice issues not only in America, but that of the world.

An Ode to Moya: Love in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 02.03.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

This ode is devoted to all the women -- girlfriends, wives, mothers and daughters -- who have had to journey to prisons, jails and correctional facilities all across America, all in hopes, of keeping LOVE alive.

Following President Obama's Lead and Rethinking Justice for Youth

Robert Ross | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Robert Ross

We've been heading in the wrong direction and depriving our young people of the chance to reach their full potential, and too often we are punishing children for symptoms of health problems. We should reconsider how we work with adolescents who are crying out for help even as they make youthful mistakes.

Why Black People Must Hold On To Our Dreams

Kiyan Williams | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Kiyan Williams

Systems of domination wage wars against our psyches and imagination, constantly presenting us with realities in which Black people are dying in the present and have no possible future. Let us dream and conjure Black queer futures without prisons, police and gender-based violence.

Jailing Kids? We Can Do Better

ACLU of Washington | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
ACLU of Washington

On any given day, more than 60,000 children are locked up in our nation's juvenile facilities. Whether it's an urban jail or a rural boot camp, the results are the same.

Hillary Clinton Isn't Only Against Reparations, She Accepted Money From Prison Lobbyists

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Hillary Clinton, not Bernie Sanders, should be singled out as furthering white supremacy and privilege. Someone needs to define white supremacy, if indeed accepting money from prison lobbyists isn't an egregious example of privilege and supremacy.

Son's Mental Illness Leads to Life of Advocacy

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

Our youngest son, David, became ill at 16. He started having psychotic episodes, was hospitalized, and could no longer attend high school, so we quit our jobs and moved back to Montana from California, where we were living at the time. We thought we could give him a more stable life there.

Let's Stop Treating Mental Illness Like It's A Crime

Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.

Here are two unfortunate things we know: 1. Jails and prisons are where too many people with mental illness are receiving, or rather not receiving, treatment. 2. A jail cell is unlikely to be a place of healing. Here's one more thing we're starting to realize: There's a better way.

One way Gov. Rauner can reduce the State's prison population: clemency

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 01.12.2016 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

Illinois' huge prison population is a problem Governor Rauner wants to solve. His first step--setting up a commission to find ways the legislature can...

Private Prison Exec: We Have A Bad Education System."

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

No one should profit off of putting people behind bars. That profit is wasted money that should be spent on improving conditions inside and outside prisons, rather than on covering up the symptoms of a broken system.

Sex, Drugs, & Incarceration: Why Decriminalizing Sex Work Needs to be Part of the Conversation

Rachel Katz | Posted 01.12.2016 | Crime
Rachel Katz

Laws prohibiting sex work are based on a moral code that doesn't fully consider the implications. If we are going to reform non-violent crimes like drug use and selling that are founded on societal beliefs, we also need to consider other non-violent crimes, regardless of stigma and moral objections.

2015: Top Six Breakthroughs That Are Changing Your World

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 01.03.2016 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The descent of the Republican presidential debate into new lows of demagoguery highlighted the emptiness of political discourse. And across the country, communities experienced the torrential downpours, record temperatures, floods, droughts, and firestorms predicted by climate change models. But 2015 also brought breakthroughs.

Celebrating the 153rd Anniversary of Freedom's Eve: A Call to Action

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 12.31.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

This year-on the 153rd Anniversary of Freedom's Eve, African Americans across the Nation will come together for a time of fellowship, prayer and reflection; and offer tribute to our ancestors for their courage and strength.

A Time Without Judges

Trey Lyon | Posted 12.30.2015 | Religion
Trey Lyon

We are at a crisis in our country whenever a trained adult with authorization to use deadly force deploys it on a 12 year old with impunity. Wherever the fault lies, the only way any hope in the police force or the governing process can be restored is for wholesale condemnation of the officer's actions.

These Are The Most Powerful Statements John Legend Made In 2015

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 12.28.2015 | Black Voices

Musician John Legend has spent the past year speaking out powerfully against the tragedy of mass incarceration in America. The singer began 2015 with...

Criminal Justice Reform in 2015: Year End Review

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 12.28.2015 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Criminal justice reform continued to build momentum this year within the inner sanctum of the Beltway and across the nation in a handful of states. It emerged as a significant issue in the presidential campaign, and looks likely to stay front and center into 2016.

Bernie Sanders Calls U.S. Prison Numbers An 'International Embarrassment'

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics

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