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Prison Industrial Complex

After 13 Years in Prison, Weldon Angelos is a Free Man

Jason Kitchen | Posted 06.08.2016 | Crime
Jason Kitchen

13 years ago, Weldon Angelos' world was turned upside down; his life instantly transformed into a veritable nightmare. At the age of 24, Angelos was indicted on three counts of marijuana distribution to an undercover informant.

Let's Elect an American President Who Focuses on the Right Things

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

In a world growing more troubled every day, leadership, and particularly American leadership, is more important than ever. That is why the election of the next U.S. president is such a serious matter. It is why so much of the world is paying close attention to how our political season is unfolding.

Adding Up the Broken Souls

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I fear we're reversing the evolutionary process. We've surrendered to simplistic, impulsive, fear-based "safety" and we're reaping the consequences, one broken soul at a time.

Photos Of 1960s U.S. Prison System Attempt To Show That Inmates Are Us

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.06.2015 | Arts

"I was never afraid of the men," photographer Danny Lyon said of his time spent with Texas prisoners. "I liked them. And I had many friends inside the...

How Did We Become Incarceration Nation?

Les Leopold | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Les Leopold

How is it that America, supposedly the beacon of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world, has more prisoners than any police state?

Disturbing Schools

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What has happened to our national intelligence, not to mention our national values? In the era of cellphone accountability, our lack thereof has a new poster boy: Officer Slam. Throw the insolent kid across the floor, break her arm if necessary, slap her in cuffs.

A Shared Understanding: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project celebrates recent grantees whose work allows people to understand one another in new ways.

Photographer Wants To Open Your Eyes To The Brutal Realities Of The American Prison Complex

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.03.2015 | Arts

"It’s a stark fact that the United States has less than five percent of the world’s population, yet we have almost 25 percent of the world’s tot...

New York's Pension Fund Pact With the Devil

Randy Credico | Posted 09.03.2015 | New York
Randy Credico

Both the New York City and New York State pension funds have a direct stake in corporations that are second cousins to slavery, the private prison industry. This is a shocking revelation.

Prison Break: Acts 16:16-34

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

It is generally accepted that the destructive effect of the prison atmosphere of the prison system is the lack of contact with the outside world, particularly correspondence with and visits by relatives, friends or others.

Make Criminal Justice Reform a Key Issue in 2016

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The state of our criminal justice system is simply so bad, the political climate for change so good, that it would be an epic desertion of our civic duties -- and of the pressure we as voters possess -- to let the 2016 election slip by without electoral promises of far-reaching reform. Which is why criminal justice must be a key issue for 2016 voters.

Another Black Man Goes to Prison

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.16.2016 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

Just like last week and the week before, another black man will be going to prison. But the tragedy stops here. This man is not a criminal or a hopeless recidivist. This man is Barack Obama, the first sitting President of the United States to tour a federal prison -- El Reno in Oklahoma.

Visiting Prisoners, Finding Jesus

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 06.16.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

You don't have to look far to learn that one's likelihood of being a prisoner at one point in your life is highly correlated to your race, your gender, and your socio-economic status.

Juvenile Justice and the War on Teens

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.04.2016 | Crime
Robert Koehler

Despite the enormous investment by governments at every level in court and penal systems, they don't work. That is to say, they make matters worse.

When Prison Causes More Harm Than Good

Beverly Iniguez-Conrique | Posted 05.26.2016 | Crime
Beverly Iniguez-Conrique

While the U.S. prison system should exert some amount of punishment, our prisons irrationally exert it on prisoners to the point where it counterproductively causes more harm than good.

You Tele-Conferenced Me in Prison: Once a Cold Heart, Always a Cold Heart

Lee C. Camp | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

It is painful to hear true confession, often accompanied by grief and shame, to lay before others one's worst deeds.

Crisis and Turning Points in the Fight for Racial Justice

Laura De Palma | Posted 05.03.2016 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

These protests, this rebellion and the Black Lives Matter movement is demanding the actualization of racial justice in this country and is causing a shift of the national consciousness and discourse on mass incarceration and PIC. This is a turning point.

Busting Sonoma County's Secret War on Weed

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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.