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Incarceration Rates

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.

Time to Make America Average When It Comes to Incarceration Rates

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime
Ethan Nadelmann

It's time to end the United States' exceptionalism when it comes to incarcerating its citizens. A groundbreaking report released yesterday documents the unprecedented and costly price of U.S. incarceration rates.

Bringing the ADHD Debate Into Sharper Focus: Part 2 -- A Matter of Public Health

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Understanding and awareness is the key to successful management of ADHD, and to improving the public health impact of a chronic condition when it is not identified and treated. It starts by getting out of the muddy river of denial.

Marijuana: A Theology

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Is this just a further sign of the "moral decay" of American society, or can we say the legalization of marijuana can have a place in a Christian theology that values, instead of denigrates, the body?

Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

A lot has been reported about our nation's prison system and its bloated population, but this is what it looks like when you take all of the countries...

The Effects of Living In My Skin

Yirssi Bergman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Black Voices
Yirssi Bergman

When people insist that we are making a big deal out of nothing when it comes to race, and that race is no longer part of people's consciousness, they eliminate a chance for open conversation.

The Uprising That Love Demands: Trayvon Martin and the Yoke Made Visible

Gaye Theresa Johnson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices
Gaye Theresa Johnson

Trayvon Martin has done so much more than die. He has revealed a system working perfectly in its intended order; and for the moment, rendered visible the yoke that encircles the poor and aggrieved.

Puppets and Prisons

Joey Mazzarino | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Joey Mazzarino

I know what you're thinking: Who better to talk about a serious topic like children of incarcerated parents than a man who wiggles dollies for a living? But there's a reason, trust me.

We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of This Problem

Neill Franklin | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Neill Franklin

How to Make Money Selling Drugs makes the argument that we should end the war on drugs. As a former cop, my reasons are simple: Drug prohibition is bad for public safety, and it's never going to work. We can't arrest our way out of this problem. Take it from someone who tried for 34 years.

American Values at Rutgers

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

With Rutgers University's Mike Rice video and subsequent firing now in the news, many are tempted to talk about the special treatment given to sports. This conversation makes me wonder, which special treatment are they talking about?

Enough Is Enough: The Tide Is Turning in the War On Drugs

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

I'm not naive. I know what bureaucratic thrust drives the war on drugs and what an obstacle this represents. Yet still, everywhere I look, I also see the writing on the wall. Everyday, a growing number of states moves closer to legalizing marijuana as Colorado and Washington did on Election Day.

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...

Humanizing Schools: Breaking Down the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Byron E. Price | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Byron E. Price

Three attributes, which are non-existent in many urban schools today, pervaded my school environment: a humanized educational environment; teachers who believed in us and expected us to learn; and punishment, which was not as a means to criminalize students for adolescent behavior.

Say It, Mr. President

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 04.14.2013 | Crime
Ethan Nadelmann

I firmly believe that at some point during his second administration President Obama is going to address the issue of mass incarceration in America. What I fear is that he is going to wait so long, and ultimately do so with such caution, as to minimize his potential impact.

Employment as Antidote to a Lifetime of 'Invisible Punishment'

Project Return | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Project Return

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifIf we were to devise the one mechanism that would most surely defeat an ex-offender's quest for a crime-free, productive life after prison, would it not be to bar his efforts to gain employment?

Jobs for Those Needing a Second Chance

Boaz and Ruth | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Boaz and Ruth

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhen an ex-offender is released from prison or jail, they are free... but are they really? Addressing the pressing need for a holistic solution for individuals wanting a second chance, we have involved the entire community to create a way for ex-offenders to restore their lives and their dignity.

President Obama Must Tackle Criminal Justice Reform in His Second Term

Kara Dansky | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Kara Dansky

The only way to lower prison and jail populations is to reduce the number of people who enter the system and the amount of time they spend there. We're going to have to stop arresting so many people for petty crimes. There's really no other choice.

Yoga: How We Serve in Correctional Facilities

Rob Schware | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"Whether I like it or not, I'm more inspired when I teach to inmates because I can feel their sincere appreciation for the opportunity to have a yoga class. They always offer me a helpful reminder to be grateful for every opportunity to learn, every opportunity to practice."

Broad New Reform Effort Could Provide Opening For Conservatives

Washington Monthly | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

American streets are much safer today than they were thirty years ago, and until recently most conservatives had a simple explanation: more prison bed...

On One Issue, Two Empty Chairs

Jesse Lava | Posted 12.30.2012 | Crime
Jesse Lava

With the presidential debates now over and little more than a week to go before the election, it's clear that the vigorous back-and-forth between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will leave out one of the great issues of our time: mass incarceration.

Middle of Nowhere: A Movie Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Middle of Nowhere is beautifully drawn and poetically written. It teaches about family, race, character and the often unknowable arc of a life, without becoming pedantic or pretending to have answers.

The Silent But Deadly War on Drugs

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Gretchen Burns Bergman

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWe spend billions of dollars on the war on drugs while communities are collapsing because of unemployment, yet neither Republicans nor Democrats will even discuss the failed punitive prohibitionist policies of the drug war.

It's Time to Abandon Nixon's War on Drugs

Laura Carlsen | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Laura Carlsen

2012-08-28-scblog2.png A refusal to address the disastrous war on drugs and propose alternatives ignores public demands for change and places cowardice before the fundamental responsibility of creating viable and fair public policies.

Meet the Industry That Makes the Koch Brothers Look Poor (VIDEO)

Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava

The United States is paying top dollar for an incarceration system that's unfair and doesn't work. Fortunately, there are alternative approaches to public safety.