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Prison Industrial Complex

Busting Sonoma County's Secret War on Weed

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 04.30.2015 | San Francisco
Jonathan Greenberg

On April 3, 2015, Sonoma County's secret war on marijuana confronted an unprecedented roadblock. A freedom flash mob had gathered, overfilling a courtroom and packing the hallway outside. Nearly 100 upstanding citizens had taken off work that morning for Yarrow Kubrin.

The Growing Right Arm of For-Profit Prisons

Mona Shattell | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Sentencing reform will reduce prison populations, but privately run post-release housing, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment programs will not be affected by these measures.

'Jerome Project' Investigates The Racial Bias Of The Prison Industrial Complex

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts

"The Jerome Project" began in 2011, when artist Titus Kaphar was researching his father Jerome's prison records. Kaphar, who was born in Kalamazoo, Mi...

Embracing the Future: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, fifty more individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support our grantees.

Angela Davis Speaks On Racism And Police Militarization

Summer Noblé | Posted 04.04.2015 | Black Voices
Summer Noblé

Activists and academics alike came together last Wednesday for the 31st annual UC Santa Cruz Martin Luther King, Jr. convocation held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, which was filled to capacity for the event that proudly hosted Angela Davis.

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 01.19.2015 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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.

Ron Paul: Hillary Clinton Would Be A 'Pretty Mediocre' President

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) thinks if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, "she’d be pretty average" as commande...

Going Deep: Race and the Third Rail

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.03.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Race is ever-present as we go about our lives, igniting emotions we usually succeed in politely suppressing, unless... oh, an African-American woman, say, wants to write a check for her groceries.

Amanda Scherker

The 14 Most F#$%ed Up Things About America's Obsession With Putting People Behind Bars

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Scherker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

You may know the U.S. puts more of its citizens behind bars than any other country, but that's just the start.

The Center for Sexual Justice: How the Criminalization of the Queer Community Affects Us All

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Extein, MSW

We want to organize a community of support for queer registrants, families, friends and allies in order to lessen the trauma of life on the registry, decrease isolation and better the lives of everyone affected.

Pope Francis Gets Letters From 500 American Juveniles Facing Life Imprisionment

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has been “deeply moved” by 500 letters he received from young U.S. prisoners facing life behind bars and promised ...

ONE ON ONE: 5 Minutes With John Forte On What A 14-Year Prison Sentence Taught Him

Katherine Keating | Posted 06.01.2014 | World
Katherine Keating

Since his release from prison, Forte has become an activist for criminal justice reform, and is particularly passionate about America's juvenile justice system. "I saw the worst reflection of our society as evidenced in our prison system," he says. "We are hemorrhaging right now."

Capitol Punishment: The Troubling Consequences of Federal Child Pornography Laws

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Andrew Extein, MSW

The decision to empathize with a person who has caused harm is a deeply personal one. We are asking you, however, to think about what happened to Ryan Loskarn, think about the laws, and think about the way society and the media contributes to hatred and hysteria.

America's Invisible and Costly Human Rights Crisis

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.23.2014 | Crime
Ralph Nader

The full extent of the use of solitary confinement is truly alarming -- it is most certainly a human rights abuse and a blight on our national character.

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

With Marijuana Legal, New Criminal Class Needed

Daryl Rowland | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

Market research shows that the largest growth sector for illegal behavior is in corporate management. Prison owners hope to tap into that fertile market by appealing to local municipalities to get white collar criminals into the system early, where they can become lifelong customers.

JamesMichael Nichols

Filmmakers Discuss Trans Icon Miss Major, Her Historic Legacy, And The Role Of LGBT Film

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices

"MAJOR!" is a film documenting the life and legacy of transgender elder and pioneering activist Miss Major, a prominent and enduring figure within the...

What Is a Black Life Worth?

Chris Williams | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

Over the past four centuries, generations of black people have asked the question: What is a black life worth? The answer to this question has been complex. But, lately, it is a question that bears asking due to the increasing amount of black bodies populating city streets and morgues.

Inmates & Prison Guards Watch A Documentary On The Failed War On Drugs Together, Find Agreement

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

Prisons might seem like a strange place to screen a documentary about the nation's failed war on drugs and its direct contribution to our booming pris...

Orange Is the New Black and the Practice of Prison Labor

Anita Sinha | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Anita Sinha

Prison labor today, therefore, is part of why penitentiaries yield a multi-billion dollar profit. From the vantage of for-profit corporations' accounting, the notion that Orange Is the New Black takes on a whole different meaning.

The #Dream9 'Publicity Stunt' to Improve the Immigration Reform Debate

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 10.08.2013 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

Their latest action can perhaps be considered a "publicity stunt," but I would characterize it as a productive one, part of a long tradition dating back to the Act Up public performances in the late '80s or to earlier performative activists like the Situationists.

Restorative Justice Is on the Rise

Molly Rowan Leach | Posted 09.22.2013 | Crime
Molly Rowan Leach

Restorative Justice is not about excusing crime or letting people off the hook. It's not about forcing forgiveness or even about forgiveness per se. What Restorative Justice is makes it the most powerful answer to the justice predicament that we've yet seen.