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The U.S. Is Depressingly Good At Putting Women Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

The United States puts women behind bars at a higher rate than every other country in the world, save for Thailand. Though the U.S. has only 5 percen...

De-Stigmatizing Mental Health

Merritt Juliano | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Merritt Juliano

We praise and, in fact, incentivize preventative care for children, adults and our seniors, such as the annual visit to a GP for a "physical." Why not do the same for efforts to keep the brain healthy? We also need to start talking openly about mental health the way we talk about other health issues. Join the conversation.

President Obama Is Right: Americans of All Stripes Strongly Support Reducing the Country's Prison Population

Alison Holcomb | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Alison Holcomb

In early June, the ACLU commissioned a nationwide poll of registered voters who are likely to vote in the 2016 presidential election. The results, released Wednesday, demonstrate that we have arrived at a bipartisan moment where majorities of Americans no longer believe our criminal justice system serves the common good.

Why Isn't More Happening To Reduce The Bloated U.S. Prison Population?

Rolling Stone | Posted 06.25.2015 | Crime

Leaders from both ends of the political spectrum are joining together to reduce the U.S.'s prison population — one of the most harmful legacies of t...

Reforming Our Justice System Will Require Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances

Christine Leonard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

As Congress and the nation are increasingly focused on the need for systemic reform, the Coalition and its partners, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe we are on the cusp of meaningful change, through fair sentencing and fair chances.

Ryan J. Reilly

MacArthur Foundation Will Spend Millions To Thin Jail Populations | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A private foundation will give out millions of dollars in grants to local jurisdictions that agree to try new ways to safely reduce the ...

Two Stalled Mental Health Bills Are Essential for All of Us

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

Can a single piece of legislation really save our country millions every year, and at the same time improve the care of those with mental illness? It sounds too good to be true, but it is not.

Federal Prison Population Drops By Nearly 5,000

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal prison population has dropped in the last year by roughly 4,800, the first time in several decades that the inmate cou...

California Gets Two More Years To Meet Prison Population Cap

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal judges on Monday gave California two more years to meet a court-ordered prison population cap, the latest step in ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Prison Crisis Poses 'Critical Threat' To Justice Department, Report Finds | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ballooning cost of the overcrowded federal prison system is an "increasingly critical threat" to the Justice Department’s ability ...

Saki Knafo

America Has More Prisoners Than High School Teachers | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some 1,570,000 inmates in sta...

U.S. Prisons Have A Big Problem You're Not Worrying Enough About

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.31.2013 | Business

The big problem? Prison health care spending is rising fast with few signs of slowdown, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts. ...

Congress Looks To Overhaul Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Every weekend, Cindy Martinson treks from her home in Mason City, Iowa, about 160 miles roundtrip to Waseca, Minn. She visits the f...

Where A Quarter Of The World's Prison Population Is May Surprise You

Upworthy | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

Here in the U.S., we seem to treat prison as the answer to every issue. Drugs? Violence? Some prison time ought to fix that, right?...

Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

A lot has been reported about our nation's prison system and its bloated population, but this is what it looks like when you take all of the countries...

Are We the Most Evil Country in the World?

David Macaray | Posted 05.07.2013 | Crime
David Macaray

If we're not the "most evil" country in the world -- i.e., the country with the greatest number of evil people in it -- then we Americans are doing something terribly wrong, because we have the greatest number of people incarcerated in our prisons.

Federal Prison Population SOARS

Simon McCormack | Posted 02.08.2013 | Crime

The number of federal prisoners has ballooned from 25,000 inmates in 1980 to 219,000 today, according to a new Congressional Research report. That's a...

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.

Can't Wait to Go Back to Prison!

Ryan Mack | Posted 12.31.2012 | Impact
Ryan Mack

Last week I had the opportunity to visit an organization who is also well beyond merely talking about the problems of mass incarceration: the Prison Entrepreneurship Program.

Middle of Nowhere: A Movie Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Middle of Nowhere is beautifully drawn and poetically written. It teaches about family, race, character and the often unknowable arc of a life, without becoming pedantic or pretending to have answers.

Obama Administration Makes Push For Get-Out-Of-Jail-Early Proposals

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 07.30.2012 | Crime

A Department of Justice official pushed for two legislative proposals that would reduce the number of American prisoners in a country that houses more...

America's Future, a Choice in Black and White

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

For 40 years, ever since Nixon's law-and-order agenda gave the impetus, the trend in social policy has been skewed to eliminate compassion and focus entirely on rule breaking.

Race, Arrest and Incarceration in New York City

Alan Singer | Posted 02.23.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

In 40 years of teaching in the New York metropolitan area I have never had a Black student who did not have a story to tell.

John Rudolf

Drug Sentencing Reforms Halt Decades of Prison Population Growth | John Rudolf | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In 1986, as the crack cocaine epidemic ravaged America's inner cities, a Democratic Congress passed legislation dictating harsh mandatory ...

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?