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Behind the Scenes: Pakistani Drone Strike Survivors in New York

H.F. Bhojani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
H.F. Bhojani

Despite the tragedy they have gone through, the Rehmans are like any other family I've met. In the few days I spent with the family while they were in New York, I got to know them really well.

The Biggest, Baddest Prison Profiteer of Them All

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jesse Lava

Profiting off mass incarceration is a dirty business. When private prison company Corrections Corporation of America squanders taxpayer money and runs facilities rife with human rights abuses, it's dragging its own name through the mud.

When Did 'To Serve and Protect' Become 'To Seize and Profit'?

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Jesse Lava

Under many civil asset forfeiture laws around the country, cops can take people's money and property without proving anyone guilty, or indeed without even making an arrest. The more they seize, the better off their departments are.

As Immigration Reform Comes Up Again, Watch This Private Prison Company

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jesse Lava

The country's biggest for-profit prison companies already pull in hundreds of millions of dollars a year locking up immigrants in federal custody. They stand to pull in even more money if the new laws generate lots of new prisoners.

What Do Oliver Stone, Cenk Uygur, Tom Morello, Henry Rollins, and Shepard Fairey All Have in Common?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Oliver Stone, Cenk Uygur, Tom Morello, Henry Rollins, and Shepard Fairey -- all progressive heroes and leading forces in their field -- have lent their voices in praising our upcoming investigative documentary Unmanned: America's Drone Wars.

Should It Cost Less to Get Out of Jail If You're Rich?

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Jesse Lava

We shouldn't have two criminal justice systems -- one for the rich and one for the rest of us. The commercial bail industry needs to know we're watching.

If You Get Sick, Pray These Guys Don't Treat You (Video)

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jesse Lava

Corizon is just one of the many powerful companies getting rich off mass incarceration. As long as Corizon is motivated by its bottom line rather than the health of prisoners, there will always be a perverse incentive to not provide treatment.

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.

50 Years After MLK's Speech, This Is the New Dream

Jesse Lava | Posted 10.20.2013 | Black Voices
Jesse Lava

Next week, it will be 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave the "I Have a Dream" speech. He railed then against "the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination." Yet he could not have imagined that Jim Crow would soon be replaced with another oppressive system: mass incarceration.

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.

Allegedly Racist Judge Has a History of Saying Awful Stuff

Jesse Lava | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices
Jesse Lava

If you were to make a list of things that a sitting judge should not believe, I suspect one item would be that some racial groups are inherently inclined to be guilty.

To Offset Disaster Relief, Curb the Drug War (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 07.21.2013 | Crime
Jesse Lava

Policymakers hoping to find meaningful offsets to fund disaster aid will have look at: 1) Where there's a lot of money, 2) where the spending is unjustifiable, and 3) where the politics and public opinion are conducive to allowing cuts, since there are very few areas in which that's true.

What If It's Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness? (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Jesse Lava

If a vindictive, biased justice system is irreconcilable with the Gospel, what is a Christian to do? The answer is first to get outraged -- a perfectly Christian emotion if it next leads to action that helps the powerless in their struggle for justice.

Why is this university president afraid of the truth on private prisons?

Jesse Lava | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business
Jesse Lava

The debate over Florida Atlantic University's decision to name a football stadium after a notorious private prison company has descended into deception.

Did GEO Group Edit Its Wikipedia Page to Hide Its Past?

Jesse Lava | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Jesse Lava

Word came out yesterday that Florida Atlantic University had sold the naming rights to its new football stadium to the GEO Group, which is the second largest private prison company in America. It now appears that the GEO Group decided to give its Wikipedia page a facelift.

Koch Brothers: We're Victims

Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava

In the wake of Mitt Romney's griping that 47 percent of the country is mooching off rich folks like him, Charles and David Koch are now suggesting that they, too, are victims.

Does Romney Think the Pentagon Needs More Marching Bands, NASCAR Sponsorships?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

The Romney ticket pledged this week to "retroactively" reverse any sequestration cuts to the Pentagon -- and push for the House budget that slashed funding for social programs, like food stamps -- all in an effort to protect profits for their war-profiteering friends.

The Koch Brothers Must Have LOVED Monopoly as Kids

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

What the Kochs want is to use their vast fortune to influence the political beliefs of people with a millionth their net worth, getting the middle class to buy into the notion that what's good for the rich is good for everyone.

Victory on Healthcare a Loss for the Kochs

Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava

The Koch-funded Right was effective at mobilizing against health care reform, but countless other activists, despite not being as well financed, made sure the Right didn't monopolize the debate. So today, we breathe a sigh of relief.

Charles Koch + Roger Ailes = Ohio University?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Might this act of selling out have something to do with the fact that the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation serves as an underwriter of the George Washington Forum, which is the OU group hosting the speech?

Time for Kochs to Resign from ALEC

Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava

Charles and David Koch appear to be pushing their right-wing ideology to the bitter end. And it's time for Americans to stop helping them. The Koch b...

Top Ten Koch Facts

Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava

Everyone seems to be investigating Charles and David Koch lately, with exposés of their corrupt political behavior popping up in places like the New ...

Don't Koch Block the Debate

Robert Greenwald | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

In response to my offer to a debate or public discussion, the Koch brothers, hiding behind their attorney, wrote, "We are confused about what there is to debate." Well, I'll tell you.

Kochs, Lies and Videotape

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

This week as I premiered my new film, Koch Brothers Exposed -- the result of a year-long investigation on how two billionaires are using their wealth ...

Koch Brothers v. Health Care Reform

Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava

Given this set of facts, the sheer reach of the Koch brothers in the movement to overturn health care reform is staggering. They have seeded and cultivated the very network of organizations that's now threatening to undo the most significant progressive reform in a generation.