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Iraq Documentary Filmmaker Turns His Lens on the US Prison Pipeline

Ming Holden | Posted 08.21.2016 | 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.

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2016 | 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.

Want to Solve Inequality and Child Poverty? End the War on Drugs

Inge Fryklund | Posted 05.31.2015 | Chicago
Inge Fryklund

Stopping the drug war is a major change that, in one fell swoop, would ameliorate a whole host of problems for poor children and their families. Both liberals and conservatives are getting behind the idea.

L.A.'s Shockingly Archaic Treatment Of Its Juvenile Offenders

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 04.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Caster

L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.

NYPD Commissioner Struggles to Defend Broken Windows Policing

Matthew Christian | Posted 01.30.2015 | New York
Matthew Christian

As outrage simmered in the hours before the release of the Ferguson verdict, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton made a rare public appearance to defend his Broken Windows policing philosophy. But his remarks brought controversy from those affected by aggressive policing.

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.

An Amnesty for Prisoners of the War on Drugs

Ernest Drucker | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Ernest Drucker

Reducing the length and frequency of drug-related incarceration going forward for new cases, however welcome, doesn't do anything about the large population of drug users already stuck in our prisons.

Congress Must Act to Finish Job on Criminal Justice Reform

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Attorney General Eric Holder's speech to the American Bar Association last Monday announcing critical reforms to the way the Department of Justice prosecutes and addresses drug crimes was historic and long overdue.

Performance Incentive Funding Can End Juvenile Mass Incarceration, Too

Gabriel Daniel Solis | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime
Gabriel Daniel Solis

Although the decline in juvenile incarceration is encouraging to advocates, there is still little reason to celebrate. The criminalization of youth behavior and the school-to-prison pipeline continue to feed young people into the criminal justice system.

WATCH: Dennis Kucinich Discusses America's Overincarceration Problem

Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's jails, a 500% increase over the past 30 yea...

'Tough on Crime' No Longer the American Mantra?

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 07.02.2012 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

Politicians have held strong to the conventional wisdom that being "tough on crime" will win elections and appease the public's appetite for safety. But the pendulum of public opinion is starting to swing in the other direction.

Supreme Court Says Jails Can Strip Search You - Even for Traffic Violations

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 06.06.2012 | Black Voices
Inimai Chettiar

On Monday, a divided Supreme Court ruled in Florence v. Burlington that any person arrested can be subject to a strip search. This ruling provides the country with an opportune moment to reflect on our epidemic of mass incarceration.

MLK and the GOP Candidates: An Arc That Breaks

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

Martin Luther King Jr. said "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." For too many of the presidential candidates, the arc is broken.

A Way Toward Balancing Government Budgets While Promoting Justice: Break Our Addiction to Incarceration

Vanita Gupta | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

The financial crisis has created an unprecedented "interest convergence" -- an opportunity to ally with unlikely allies to advocate for and enact reforms to stem prison growth and spending.