Coloring books have no place in prison, unless in the hands of an incarcerated parent drawing with their child who has come to visit. To give a coloring book to a child inmate is a disturbing, not playful, image.
Not everything is perfect but in recovery I have learned that life isn't fair. All I can do is take it on the chin, keep my head up and stay positive. I try to keep my life balanced so that I can deal with any situation better.
Introducing for-profit companies into America's criminal justice system has been a bad deal for governments across the country.
Today's headlines grab our attention, and often result in needed action. What's so much harder is for us to see and respond to the silent crises that already damage the lives of millions in our midst.
Children as young as 3 and 4 are often shown as sex objects in child porn and even those who are older do not often have the "choice" or the capability to make a "choice" to be involved. This is a clear and simple form of predation.
Between 2008 and 2013, Corizon Health -- the country's largest prison health care provider -- was sued 660 times for malpractice. But Governor Rick Scott's administration failed to take note of this history when it awarded Corizon a $1.2 billion contract in 2011.
I've come to realize that Common Core and its high-stakes assessments are just another piece in the school-to-prison pipeline.
I am late to the party celebrating Raymond L Atkins as a talented author, but at least I have arrived.
Latandra Ellington, a 36-year old mother of four children, died in a Florida prison last week. Ellington had just seven months left to serve of her twenty-two month sentence for grand theft when she was found dead in her cell.
The unifying social experience for young black men in Washington, D.C. is not attending college, serving in the military or receiving government assistance -- it is being punished by the criminal justice system.
The euphemistically named Green Haven Correctional Facility that is not really designed to "correct" anybody is the last stop on the school-to-prison pipeline for many men.
he following story came to us by letter from William Blake, who is now in his 27th year of solitary confinement at Elmira Correctional Facility in upstate New York.
If we can improve the lives of thousands of California's women and children, shouldn't we do it? Proposition 47, a common sense initiative on the November ballot, gives us a critical opportunity to do all that -- and save the state money.
No one argues that a federal prosecutor's role is easy. And, in many ways, the revolution in prosecution requires them to make even more subtle and difficult judgments than they do already. But if the nation is to end mass incarceration, with a criminal justice system suited to that goal, we must collectively embrace the revolution in prosecution.
High recidivism rates mean more people behind bars, and Corrections Corporation of America depends on more and more incarceration to make its billions. Since when do they actually want people to do well after they get out, instead of being sucked back into the system?
Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players, and the like, came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs. Yes, all drugs.