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Incarceration

You're Young, You're Black, And You've Got No Future

Harriet McDonald | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

You're young, you're black, and you've got no future. Why? Because you were arrested on drug charges. You've been arrested before, just like more than half of the other young black men in your neighborhood. But this time, you'll receive a mandatory 'war on drugs' sentence.

It's Not Only About Domestic Violence

Sally T. Prouty | Posted 09.29.2014 | Crime
Sally T. Prouty

It's about violence in general and it's about substance abuse! I do not know Ray Rice, his wife or anyone associated with recent incidents in the hea...

Prisons Are Adopting The Walmart Business Model

Carl Takei | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Carl Takei

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?

Is There An American Dream For Black Children?

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The American Dream has always been defined by upward mobility, but for black Americans, it's harder to get into the middle class, and a middle-class lifestyle is more precarious.

Burning the Candle at Both Ends: A Reflection on Work in America

Zachary Norris | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Zachary Norris

Not only have governments failed to create jobs or raise wages to meet increases in the cost of living over the last 40 years, the allocation of state budgets geared toward criminalization and incarceration have skyrocketed relative to increases in education and critical social programs to support American working families.

Why Prison Reform Is Good for All of Us

David Chura | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
David Chura

When you look at prison conditions honestly, without the filter of righteousness, how could you not see that the present system only breeds anger and resentment, hostility and hopelessness in offenders, and finally leads to more crime?

Let's Stop Whistling Dixie: Missouri's Toxic Political Culture Must Change

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It's time for Missouri's right-wingers to leave the nineteenth century behind. It is time for all Missourians -- indeed, time for all Americans -- to start building a more just and equitable world, one free of institutional racism and yawning racial disparities.

Rich Mom Addicts Get Sobriety Coaches; Poor Moms Get Jail

The Fix | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
The Fix

In Tennessee, 26-year-old Mallory Loyola, a meth addict, recently became the first person arrested under a new state law that classifies taking illegal drugs while pregnant as an assault. Instead of recovering from childbirth and receiving proper medical care, Loyola was hauled off to jail.

Society's Indifference to Prison Rape Has to End

Jelani Hayes | Posted 08.07.2014 | Crime
Jelani Hayes

Sexual violence should not occur in any space, yet its appearance in correctional facilities is especially troubling -- prisons and jails are, in theory, controlled environments.

Growing Up In Prison: What I've Learned During My Eight Years of Incarceration

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.29.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While the American public could probably care less about me as a person -- I'm branded a criminal, a felon, after all, and this will never change -- they should care about what our nation's prison systems do to those incarcerated within.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

Letters from Men in Prison: The Call for Accessible Entrepreneurship Education

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime
Steve Mariotti

Forty years in, the war on drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known surve...

Redefining Success

Lynda Freeman | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Lynda Freeman

I have learned that there are many definitions of success. Sometimes it is accepting what is. Sometimes it is letting go. There are so many aspects to love. Love, to me, is the most important thing we are here to learn.

Why #FelonCrushFriday Should Change the Way We Think About Incarceration

Eva Shang | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Eva Shang

#FelonCrushFriday should be used to raise public awareness about the reforms needed in the criminal justice system and how each of us can extend a hand to those caught in its revolving doors. We can change the way we think about crime and incarceration.

Life in the Most Religious States

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

One might assume that life in the most religious states in the nation would approximate the idealized "City upon a Hill" envisioned some four hundred years ago by John Winthrop, the Puritan colonist who served as first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. To check that assumption, I did some research.

7 Lessons I Learned from Volunteering in Prison

Rana Campbell | Posted 08.04.2014 | Black Voices
Rana Campbell

What was I, a black 19-year-old female college student, doing inside an all-male correctional facility? Everyone I had told about my volunteering had been skeptical.

Smarter Sentencing Act May Mark the Beginning of the End of Mass Incarceration

Charles Ogletree | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Charles Ogletree

At critical periods in our nation's history, progress becomes inevitable. The momentum is almost palpable, as Americans come together to make a collective decision to right a wrong, or to expand opportunity.

Ending the War on Drugs Has Been a Rhetorical Exercise, Not an Actionable Agenda

Glenn Martin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Glenn Martin

What we require is a wholesale mass-decarceration initiative that acknowledges the traumatic generational effects on the communities we've failed.

Pope Francis Gets Letters From 500 American Juveniles Facing Life Imprisionment

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has been “deeply moved” by 500 letters he received from young U.S. prisoners facing life behind bars and promised ...

Putting a Public Health Lens on Incarceration

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

We need to address the conditions for its spread, prevent its adverse impacts on children and families, and identify more effective ways to stop our "school to prison pipeline" by creating the conditions for positive trajectories for every member of the most vulnerable communities.

Expanded Clemency Program Deserves Bipartisan Support

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Until Congress passes bills like Rob Portman's Second Chance Reauthorization Act, or the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, we'll remain a long way off from a fair, effective criminal justice system.

Just Say No...to the War on Drugs

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

In the sea of bad news the public receives every day, the Drug War has become one of the leading bright spots, with each day bringing yet another change, the first steps toward rolling back four decades of soul-crushing injustice.

The Real Roots of Prison Recidivism

David Chura | Posted 07.22.2014 | Crime
David Chura

There's not much forgiveness in American culture. It seems that ex-offenders can't suffer enough or repent enough for our Puritan tastes. Criminal justice experts have been searching for the "holy grail of rehabilitation" for years, and nothing has worked.

If You Can't Afford Tampons, What Do You Do?

Sue Kerr | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Sue Kerr

The stigma of menstruation compounded by the stigma of poverty shouldn't leave our neighbors without the items they need for their basic health and welfare.

A Harsh Sentence for Our Communities

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.14.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The nation seems to be recognizing a need for change regarding the policies which have resulted in an inordinate number of people of color who are inc...