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Prison Industrial Complex

The Politics of Racism

Michael Yarbrough | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Michael Yarbrough

Racism has changed; it's learned to be subtle. It is this racism -- the kind hidden in the slums, shrouded under the guise of law -- that is perhaps more dangerous because it operates as a specter, hidden from those with the power to fight it.

A Brief Statement on Crime and Alleged 'Black Criminality'

Pascal Robert | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

On Crime and Economics Until the world realizes that barring certain extreme examples crime is an economic construct of poverty and not a product of ...

Time for a New Mistake

Brian O'Dea | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Brian O'Dea

Time to make a new mistake. That's right. Unless we are prepared to do just that, nothing will ever change (for the better). I, for one, do not know what that right thing is, but I am willing to bet it contains two elements: empathy and kindness, both lacking in our current model.

Wading Into the Morass of a Broken Criminal Justice System

Delphia Simmons | Posted 07.09.2013 | Detroit
Delphia Simmons

Ever since I decided to research the mechanics of our prison system, I have been somewhat stuck.

Teaching in Prison's Shadow

Sally Lee | Posted 06.24.2013 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

"School-to-prison pipeline" is a phrase that describes a set of policies and practices that push young people out of public schools and into the criminal justice system. It is a kind of shorthand that activists use to refer to places where schools are linked to the merciless tendrils of the prison system.

30 Ways The Prison Industry Gets Rich

Katy Hall | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business

The U.S. has the world's highest incarceration rate, with 2.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 100 behind bars. Rising immigration detentions and the di...

Justice Scaled

Delphia Simmons | Posted 06.08.2013 | Detroit
Delphia Simmons

Recently I learned of something even more disturbing than our former mayor's pending indictment.

African-American Males Facing Serious Challenges

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Leaders in the United States should take a serious look at trying to help young African-American males overcome adversity without falling victim to the many ills of society.

Shorty Wanna Be a Thug

Kenya (Robinson) | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Kenya (Robinson)

Most of us share an open secret. It reveals itself every time we head to the gym, or prepare for an interview or an important presentation, or, in my case, cleaning day. I cop a Beyoncé, and for a few shining moments I put on the costume of black masculinity. It's like a white tee. One size fits all.

Little Black Girls Are the New "Angry Black Women": Race, Gender, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

j.n. salters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

We must not forget about our little black girls, who continue to be invisibilized in classrooms, media, policies, and mainstream society.

Prison Labor as a Business Model

David Macaray | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
David Macaray

The U.S. used to be recognized as the entrepreneurial capital of the world. Today (thanks largely to our unenlightened drug laws), we're recognized as the prison capital of the world. Prisoners, meet your new employers.

Determined to Make a Difference

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Children who have to navigate the harsh reality of homelessness on top of poverty often fall through our already porous safety nets and disproportionately drop out of school and then, too often, drop into the prison pipeline.

Private Prison In Violation For Sub-Par Conditions

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 10.10.2012 | Black Voices

The nation’s first privately owned prison could be under fire after an audit report released last week by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and ...

Understanding the Root Cause of Violence in Chicago's African-American Community

Tio Hardiman | Posted 10.28.2012 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Violence in Chicago's African-American community can be difficult to understand, until you look back over the last 40 years.

New York's Innovative Solution to Crime: Betting on Success

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Our nation's costly prison complex incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. Re-aligning the incentives of our corrections departments is the only way toward achieving a system of justice that is worthy of that name.

Ending the Cradle to Prison PipelineTM and Mass Incarceration -- the New American Jim Crow

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six chance of the same fate. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world: 7.1 million adult residents -- one in 33 -- are under some form of correctional supervision including prison, jail, probation, or parole. Michelle Alexander writes in her bestselling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness that there are more adult African Americans under correctional control today than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. In 2011, our state and federal prison population exceeded that of the top 35 European nations combined. Something's very wrong with this picture.

Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander, Talks about The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration (Part 3)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Author and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, has written a powerful and highly acclaimed, well-researched book titled, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander, Talks About The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration (Part 2)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 07.09.2012 | Black Voices
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Author and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, has written a powerful and highly acclaimed, well-researched book titled, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

South Carolina Shows How Far We Have to Go

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Business
Rev. Jesse Jackson

The next time you attend a graduation, remember that the gowns worn by the graduates are likely to have been made by South Carolina prison labor.

Profits And Punishment: The 99% And The Prison System

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 01.31.2012 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Who bears the brunt of so-called "tough-on-crime" legislation? The 99% -- generally poor people of color who disproportionately populate our prison cells.

New Rhetoric, Same Old Drug War Policies: Drug Czar Addresses African American Community

Tony Newman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Tony Newman

It is simply Orwellian for the drug czar to focus on the disproportionate impact of our nation's drug problem on African-American communities without acknowledging the disproportionate racial impact of drug law enforcement.

Private Prisons Industry: Increasing Incarcerations, Maximizing Profits and Corrupting Our Democracy

David Donnelly | Posted 01.17.2012 | Crime
David Donnelly

The growing influence of private prisons over our criminal justice policies is a chilling reminder of what happens when corporations can spend large amounts of money to curry favor with elected officials.

The Prison Industrial Complex in the United States

Tio Hardiman | Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

What more can be done to help reverse this ever-growing trend of locking people up instead of providing them with the necessary help to cope and deal with a changing world?

Toward an Industry of Peace

Elena Quintana | Posted 11.12.2011 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

When I was growing up I learned that, although not perfect, the United States had the "best justice system in the world." That bill of goods can not even be faintly passed off with a straight face to today's schoolchildren.

Forty Years After: The Attica Prison Uprising

Anthony Papa | Posted 11.08.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

The uprising at Attica was the start of a movement that sought to bring to light the horrible conditions of imprisonment. Surprisingly many of the horrid conditions that existed back then still plague the prison system today.