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Incarceration

Our So-Called Justice System

Walker Bragman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Walker Bragman

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Public Will Can Change Homelessness

Carla Javits | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Carla Javits

Yet people are homeless in large numbers because we as citizens tolerate it. If we in the U.S. - you and I -- decided that homelessness was unacceptable, we would no longer have widespread homelessness.

America's Prisons: A Road to Nowhere

OpedSpace | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
OpedSpace

Inmate education seems like a controversial issue. Cast in economic rather than moral terms, however, there is plenty of common ground. The question is not whether inmates "deserve" to learn like the rest of us, but whether we all benefit if they do. According to every available measure, the answer is yes.

To Be Visible Again: Philanthropy in Action

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Cristina M. Regalado

This was an unforgettable experience that reminded me of what philanthropy is all about - love of humanity, to care, to belong, to register one's presence regardless of one's life circumstance.

Race Matters, Even Though It Shouldn't

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.14.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Even though a person's skin color does not have anything whatsoever to do with whether or not they are guilty of a crime, it matters. Race matters in ways that it shouldn't. And a recent Sentencing Project report about racial perceptions of criminal justice emphasizes just how much.

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Newt Gingrich and Jay Z Came Together on Sentencing Reform. Maybe There's a Lesson for Congress?

Lenore Anderson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Lenore Anderson

The coalition that ran the Prop. 47 campaign shows that bipartisan partnership can work. The voters that passed it into law shows that the public is more than ready to finally end the prison crisis in our country by dramatically reducing incarceration and investing in the smart safety strategies our communities need.

DC's Attorney General Race: A Serious Impact on District Youth

Michael Shank | Posted 11.04.2014 | DC
Michael Shank

Now, more than ever, we must pay attention to the practices and policies of the office tasked with prosecuting our youth. In 2011, there were 3,464 arrests of youth in the District and more than 42 percent of these were for non-violent misdemeanors.

Major Police Group: Mandated Treatment Can Help Some Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 10.31.2014 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) approved a resolution calling for greater use of mandated treatment, commonly known as assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), at their annual meeting in Orlando. Research shows that AOT reduces arrest, suicide, involuntary hospitalization and violence by the most seriously mentally ill.

Change in Our Justice System Is Long Overdue; Pass Prop 47!

John Legend | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
John Legend

America's incarceration addiction has torn apart communities, disenfranchised millions of people -- most for nonviolent offenses -- and denied opportunities to countless individuals. And all the while it hasn't made us any safer.

The Real Orange Is The New Black: Six Experts Speak Out About Women in Prison

Ravishly | Posted 10.22.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Six experts entrenched in the system -- from the executive director of a prison reform organization, to a forensic psychologist, to a prison arts teacher -- were asked this question: What can we do to affect systemic change for women in prison? Here's what they had to say...

Restoring Dignity to Criminal Justice

Jim Liske | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Why should we care if more criminals are behind bars for longer sentences? As president of the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, I've seen the downsides of mass incarceration up close.

Families Rising Up: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Since January 1, 2013, through my work at the Pollination Project, I've been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world.

The Shocking Truth About Women In U.S. Prisons

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women

The U.S. has a serious female prisoner problem. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, there are 201,200 women incarcerated in t...

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

Harriet McDonald | Posted 10.01.2014 | 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 11.22.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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.