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Is a Death Sentence Really a Death Sentence?

Amanda Glassman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Amanda Glassman

As we struggle to delineate the upper limits of the United States justice system, ideas of human rights and financial concerns render the situation much more complex than ancient forms of punishment and torture. The trial and conviction of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brings this conflict to the forefront.

WATCH LIVE: Ending Mass Incarceration in America

Aspen Institute | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

We are at a pivotal moment. Supporters of mass incarceration have argued that locking people away is needed to fight crime, but the imprisonment rate has climbed regardless of fluctuations in crime rates, giving the United States the highest incarceration rates in the world.

Mitt Romney Says Hillary Clinton Politicized Baltimore Tragedy To Get Support From The Black Community

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor, said 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's remark...

The Storm Is Over

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

Lightning flashed across Kentucky skies a few nights ago. "I love storms," said my roommate, Gypsi, her eyes bright with excitement. Thunder boomed over the Kentucky hills and Atwood Hall, here in Lexington, KY's federal prison.

Morning Joe, Success Academy, Prisons, and Kids who wet their pants

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

What is it about the American character that makes so many buy into the notion that discipline, conformity, and punishment are as important in our schools as they are in our prisons? Why do we feel the need to be so strict with other people's children in our schools?

These Programs Are Helping Fix A Broken U.S. Prison System

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact

Most experts would argue the U.S. prison system is in need of change, and a number of programs are tackling this challenge in cities nationwide. A ...

$75 Million Pledge To Help Reduce Number Of Nonviolent, Poor, Mentally Ill In Jail

Associated Press | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) -- In an effort to reduce the number of people locked up in local jails around the U.S., the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundati...

Some States Are Closing Prisons And Turning Them Into Homeless Shelters, Reentry Centers

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact

Fewer prisoners in cells means more room for resources that benefit communities, and groups around the country are taking advantage of the space. A...

Criminalizing Victims: How the Punishment Economy Failed Marissa Alexander

Zachary Norris | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Zachary Norris

For change to happen, we must focus our resources on mechanisms of support. There is another way forward that does not involve punishment or jail. It's time to stop criminalizing victims and provide help instead.

Mass Incarceration Has Affected Me My Whole Life

Jasmine Barclay | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Jasmine Barclay

America incarcerates more people than any other country, and what people don't understand it that this has consequences for more than the people locked up.

Changing Prison From the Inside Out

Mark Olmsted | Posted 12.27.2014 | Crime
Mark Olmsted

Millions of men and women in the country are paid slave labor wages and then charged for food and substandard medical care. They eat, sleep and bathe in dirty, overcrowded conditions--nowhere worse than in the South.

"The Game Is Rigged": Longtime Defense Attorney Robbin Shipp Takes On The Carceral State

Salon | Elias Isquith | Posted 10.16.2014 | Black Voices

As the arrest of Cornel West and others in Ferguson this week made clear, the national conversation that began this summer following the killing of te...

Has 'Orange Is the New Black' Made Post-Convict Life Easier for Prisoners?

Bustle | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Bustle

The series' nuanced, fair portrayal of female inmates has been hailed as its greatest strength, and as the series gains in popularity, more and more people are beginning to understand that, more often than not, a person's crime is not their defining characteristic.

Never Mind What the Constitution Says, Our Prison System Has Run Amok

Gerry Myers | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Taxpayers are paying thousands of dollars to send people to prisons when the fines are less than the cost of incarceration. Some counties even brag about the amount of money raised from fines, but they are using false math.

Matthew Cooke and Adrian Grenier: Putting People in Jail Is Not the Solution

Matthew Cooke | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Despite the facts, we're a prison-crazed society. The solution to all our problems ... put them in jail! Yet we forget what a horrible act of torture a prison is. Even for a day.

Almost Everyone In This Neighborhood Has Been To Jail

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

Welcome to Beecher Terrace, a housing project in Louisville, Kentucky where nearly everyone has been to jail or prison. "Prison State," the second ...

Former Death Row Inmate: Solitary Confinement 'Breaks Your Will To Live'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

Anthony Graves was wrongly convicted and sent to death row in connection with the murder of a Texas family in 1992. He spent 18 years in prison -- 16 ...

The US Prison System Needs a Total Overhaul

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Diane Dimond

I'm not talking about a little tweak here and there. I'm talking about throwing a massive metaphorical hand grenade into the entire system and starting over from scratch. We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing the system to have morphed into what it has.

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. ...

The Other F Word

Leslie Neale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Leslie Neale

No, not that F word! I'm talking about forgiveness -- letting go, turning the other cheek. It is taboo to consider forgiveness as a component to criminal justice reform, but that's just what the victims and survivors in my documentary Unlikely Friends are proposing.

Meet the Prison Phone Company Profiting Off Love (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jesse Lava

Prisoners are often housed hundreds of miles from their families, making phone the only way to connect on a routine basis. Global Tel*Link's high rates allow the company to profiteer off this basic human need.

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.

What Orange Is the New Black Gets Right About the Prison System -- And What It Leaves Out

Jesse Lava | Posted 10.12.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Lava

The show demonstrates a solid commitment to generating empathy for prisoners and exposing the systemic problems that plague criminal justice in the United States. There are, however, deep problems with the criminal justice system that Orange does not raise.

Orange is the New Black: Incarceration in America (Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer

Those who read or watch Orange should ask themselves if housing Piper Kerman in the federal penitentiary was a good use of taxpayer money.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Xavier McElrath-Bey | Posted 08.21.2013 | Crime
Xavier McElrath-Bey

My life course is a testament of the human potential for positive change, and I am in no way an exception. I personally know many individuals who have gone through similar experiences and are now living positive and productive lives.