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40 Reasons Why Our Jails Are Full of Black And Poor People

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail. Most of the people inside are poor and Black. Here are 40 reasons why.

Saki Knafo

Why The U.S. Is Still The Only Country Where Youth Are Sentenced To Die In Prison | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered states to stop sending youth offenders to prison for the the rest of their lives without the possibility...

Locked Down for Life for a Nonviolent Offense Is Beyond Cruel and Unusual

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

More than 10,000 persons are now locked up in America's jails for life with no chance of release. The majority of these non-violent offenders are there for either drug offenses or property crime.

Saki Knafo

Here Are All The Countries Where Children Are Sentenced To Die In Prison | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

There are about 2,500 youth offenders serving life sentences without the possibility of parole in prisons worldwide. We've come up with a map showing ...

Rates of Incarceration For White and Hispanic Women On The Rise

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.19.2013 | Women
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Sayre Quevedo According to a new study by The Sentencing Project, "The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women's Incarceration," women's incarceration ...

Huge Change In Percentage Of Black Women In Prison

Posted 03.06.2013 | Crime

The percentage of African American women versus white women behind bars dropped nearly in half between 2000 and 2009, according to a report by The Sen...

Our Work Begins on November 7th

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics
Ivanley Noisette

Although it does mark the end of long and grueling campaigns, the day after Election Day should not be perceived as the end, but rather, the beginning.

Michael McLaughlin

Record Number Of Felons Denied Right To Vote | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.12.2012 | Crime

A record number of Americans with criminal records cannot vote in what is expected to be a tight presidential election, a new study says. More tha...

Sentencing Cameron Douglas -- Or, the Selective Implementation of the War on Drugs

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

What if judges routinely and consistently departed from sentencing guidelines? What impact could it have on the composition of the inmate population nationwide?

Mass Incarceration: A Destroyer of People of Color and Their Communities

Jamaal Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamaal Bell

Instead of having our Drug Czar focus on addiction recovery and prevention programs, how about changing the policy of our racialized criminal justice system?

Millions of Ex-Offenders Did Their Time, But Still Can't Vote

Tara Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tara Graham

America has a long history of depriving entire groups of people the right to vote. Before the Civil Rights Act, black citizens were ridiculed, threate...