Five states still impose a lifetime ban on food stamps for people who have been convicted of a felony drug crime. Not only do these bans threaten individual and public health, but they incubate the very types of criminal behavior that law enforcement claims they want to eliminate.
Through continued knowledge and action, as well as sufficient resources, we can continue to move towards a system that is increasingly equal, fair, and provides the best education for youth, while reducing incarceration rates.
America's penal system is grounded in a Protestant fundamentalist religious history, with a strong sense of right and wrong and a penchant for justifying abuse.
After filing a lawsuit in 2014, four prisoners at Wallace Pack Unit, Navasota, Texas, will hopefully be feeling some relief after U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison recently gave the prison 15 days to replace the water supply.
Almost fifty years later historians and scholars look at the Kerner Commission Report as another reminder of how much is still unchanged and needs changing to make the promises of American democracy work for all. Division is not inevitable. When will we hear and heed and act?
Despite the bizarre politics on display in Cleveland, sometimes knowing where someone stands on an issue is pretty straightforward. We can be sure about this: The private prison industry doesn't share our goal of ending mass incarceration.
Making phone calls from prison doesn't come cheap. It also comes with a lot of controversy.
The US Attorney's One Community Guam" and "One Community CNMI" Conferences show that if we can build safer communities when we tap into every resource, even using the formerly incarcerated.
Hillary Clinton isn't the only woman with government experience running for President. Clinical psychologist and presidential candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn has been reinventing and transforming government from the inside for 32 years.
The communities of faith, human service providers, civil rights, labor, and other advocates for low-income people represented in the Coalition on Human Needs call upon you to exercise leadership by taking these steps.
Tom knew that he couldn't go back to being in jail or homeless. He'd struggled with homelessness and drugs and committed minor crimes to support his a...
As community organizations team up across the country to reduce crime, expand opportunity, and revitalize our neighborhoods, it is increasingly clear that a crucial part of that work is helping people returning from our prisons and jails make a successful transition back home.
Why are incarceration rates in the US so high relative to other countries? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelli...
By Richard Cho & Dr. Fred Osher The San Francisco Chronicle's recent series of stories this week -- "Beyond Homeless...
After struggling with addiction and mental illness, Jayne Fuentes served her time, found a job and got her life back on track. But even though she'd b...
A coordinated hunger strike by Iranian political prisoners is gaining international support and reminding the world that the Iranian dissident movement is far from defeated.