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Addicted to Incarceration

Sam Slovick | Posted 07.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

A sharp divide in the recent Supreme Court ruling ordering California to drastically reduce its prison population represents a deeper national division.

Investing in Prisons Over Education is not Being Smart on Crime

Lindsay McCluskey | Posted 07.27.2011 | Education
Lindsay McCluskey

Unless we drastically reform our spending priorities, and move toward "smart on crime" policies, our City on the Hill will continue to resemble Rikers Island instead of the Library of Alexandria.

Punishment Disproportionate for Welfare Cheats

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Homeless advocates are often asked about welfare cheats and folks who abuse the system. So here's just one story about what happens when the poor are caught playing fast and loose with the rules.

Alex Wagner

Ford Announces $100K Award For 'Courageous Leaders' | Alex Wagner | Posted 07.04.2011 | Impact

NEW YORK -- For the last 20 years, Guatemalan architect Teddy Cruz has focused on the physical and cultural barriers that divide urban areas, especial...

Prison Spending Bleeds the Education System

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Ben Jealous

During the last two decades, state spending on prisons grew by 127%, six times the rate of spending on higher education. Policymakers should be able to propose sentencing reform without fear of being labeled "soft on crime."

The Return of the Debtor's Prison

Bryce Covert | Posted 05.30.2011 | Business
Bryce Covert

As the debt-collection industry buys up bad debt and then seeks payment, it's started relying on arrest warrants to get its way, throwing those who miss court appearances or don't pay in jail.

Ready, Willing, & Able Celebrates 20th Year

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Attiyya Anthony

The men and women who graduated from the Ready, Willing & Able program (RWA) have met the requirements to become self-sufficient contributing members of society.

The New Jim Crow: Social Control, Social Death

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marian Wright Edelman

As Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow clearly shows, our incarceration policies have evolved into a historically punitive form of social control and social death for people of color.

Treatment Is Gaining Favor, But There's Still Work To Be Done

Howard Meitiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Howard Meitiner

I'm saying that sending a non-violent individual to prison for drug possession accomplishes the exact opposite of our goal: it turns that individual into a criminal.

Turning the Corner on Solitary Confinement?

David C. Fathi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David C. Fathi

Colorado state senators have introduced a bill that would substantially limit the use of solitary confinement in the state's prisons. These reforms are long overdue.

Public Response to Obama's YouTube Comment on Drug Legalization Shows Progress

Rob Kampia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kampia

It wasn't long ago that discussing drug legalization was akin to considering whether it should be legal to dump toxic waste on your property line. But now, the marijuana issue is finally legitimate.

Justice: In Need of Overdraft Protection

James Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Bell

Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday comes at a particularly interesting time this year, as recent events bring the administration of justice into sharp ...

What Would Dr. King Think of Today's Poverty?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

While many remember Dr. King for his civil rights activities, far less are aware of the work he did in support of the Poor People's Campaign. Dr. Ki...

Four Books for Martin Luther King Day

Ben Jealous | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ben Jealous

It is our loss if we don't stop for a moment and seize the opportunity to reflect on how we can unite our country and move our democracy forward. Here are some books to read during the MLK Day holiday.

Show Them Your Keys!

Alyson Renaldo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alyson Renaldo

Attention all you educated, responsible, hardworking, professional people out there; please do this author a favor: If you're within proximity of a teenager or young person, show them your keys!

Did Justice Department Shrug Off Rape Of Minors In Detention facilities?

TBD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One in eight minors in juvenile detention facilities will be sexually assaulted each year. Eighty percent of these assaults will be perpetrated by a m...

Georgia Prison Strike: A Hidden Labor Force Resists

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

As a captive workforce and disenfranchised populace, the prison system reaches deep into American society, and the distance between the people on the inside and those on the outside is increasingly a matter of luck.

Judges Without Gavels: The Life Sentence of Economic Hardship Imposed on Individuals Who Have Been Incarcerated

Todd Belcore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Todd Belcore

Even after an individual has paid their debt to society, society, without the authority granted by a gavel, functionally imposes a life sentence of economic hardship on those who have been incarcerated.

A Thanksgiving Miracle for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anthony Papa

Terrance Stevens, who is paralyzed and fully reliant on a power wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy, had prayed for a miracle. His prayers were answered last week when In Arms Reach was awarded funding.

Mothers Behind Bars in the United States: A Human Rights Issue

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

Mothers behind bars are invisible to most of us. To the extent they are thought of at all, they are caricatured as the ultimate bad mother who has violated the basic maternal commitment to care for her children.

To the Next Mayor of Chicago: How to Get Past Sound Bites and End the Violence

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

This month, as Chicago's mayoral candidates throw their hat in the ring, there is one issue that will most likely get a lot of attention: violence.

Largest & Longest Study: New Treatment Law Helps Mentally Ill Avoid Incarceration, Homelessness and Hospitalization

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
DJ Jaffe

The Halloween triple-murder in Bono, Ohio of William Liske, Jr., his wife Susan, and son Derrick has again focused the public's attention on what to d...

Gov. Barbour Must Free Scott Sisters Serving Life for 11 Dollar Robbery

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

For those like the Scott sisters who have fallen through the cracks of the cruel criminal justice system, their only hope to regain their freedom is through public pressure on elected officials.

William Alden

'Unrealistically Rosy' Unemployment Numbers Omit Millions Of Jailed Americans | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The official unemployment figure of 9.6 percent is, according to a new report, "unrealistically rosy" because it doesn't account for a full 2.3 millio...

Paris Hilton's Probation Could Lead to Helping Others

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anthony Papa

I suggest that Paris Hilton now speak out and become an advocate for reforming our draconian drug laws. Think of how many lives she could save by speaking out for treatment instead of imprisonment.