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WATCH: Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder Wants Apology After 24 Years Behind Bars

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.10.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In 1989, Jonathan Fleming was convicted of a Brooklyn murder that from day one he insisted he did not commit. After nearly 25 years behind bars, Flemi...

This Sexual Assault Victim Didn't Report Her Rape Because She Wanted to Protect Me

Gordon Braxton | Posted 06.10.2014 | Black Voices
Gordon Braxton

"I never pressed charges because I wanted to protect you. I couldn't bear to see another black man in jail."

Attorney General Holder Combats 'Tough on Crime' Legacy

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 05.28.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Twenty years ago, the problem was a nationwide crime epidemic. Now, we face a different crisis: a prison epidemic. American prisons are bursting with low-level, non-violent offenders. Each prisoner costs taxpayers an average of $30,000 a year.

Time to Bring an End to Torture in Our Jails

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 05.05.2014 | Crime
Rev. Ron Stief

What the senators now know is that long-term solitary confinement is torture and therefore immoral, antithetical to rehabilitation, fiscally wasteful, endangers institutional and community safety, and must be brought to an end.

Strangely Idyllic Prison Photos Show A Different Side Of Incarceration

Posted 02.28.2014 | Arts

Gaze upon one of Alyse Emdur's collected photographs and a brief sense of confusion takes hold. The adult subjects, dressed in both plain clothes and ...

Can Black Boys Cry? Tears Of Trayvon Martin And Jordan Davis: The Shadow Of Mass Incarceration

HuffPost | Antonio Moore | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

America as a nation has become a tale of two cities: one for young black men and one essentially for everyone else. While we can argue with this blank...

Incarceration as Motivator: Response to Project SAM

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Pawlowski

We can all agree that excess tobacco, alcohol and drugs are not healthy for the body, especially for developing children, but where we all disagree is the degree to which using these substances become unhealthy and whether using these substances is a criminal offense.

Why We Should Dismantle the Death Penalty

Carl Pettit | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Carl Pettit

If someone deliberately killed one of our loved ones, we could (I know I would) very well harbor fantasies of violent revenge. Under these difficult circumstances, that would be a very human thing to do. But it shouldn't be the responsibility of the state to carry out the ultimate penalty for us.

Selling Prisoners to the Highest Bidder

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime
Roy Speckhardt

Why would prisons fully pursue important policies like educational programs intended to prevent recidivism? If such policies were effective and decreased the number of inmates in their prisons it would negatively impact their bottom line.

Sympathy for Nick Kristof on His Piece on Mental Illness

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.13.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

I appreciate the good intentions of Kristof's piece. I absolutely agree with him about the need for more psychiatric beds in this country. But I disagree with Kristof's underlying premise that most of the mentally ill end up in jail or cannot hold down a job.

To Kiss or Not To Kiss Nicholas Kristof, Mental-Health Policy Wonk

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

People with serious mental illness would tell you that what they seek is a world without stigma, a world where they don't have to fear losing their jobs or their lovers because of any perceived association with criminals.

What Letters From Prison Tell Us

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime
Steve Mariotti

If they were given financial guidance and entrepreneurship education, could the fate of these men been different?

Governors Propose Solutions to End Mass Incarceration

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 03.30.2014 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

While New Jersey has already made progress in lowering the state's prison population and recidivism rates, all while keeping crime down, Christie warned that "we can do better, and we must." Whether Christie's motivation is political or moral, his stated commitment to rolling back mass incarceration deserves recognition.

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

Why Virginia's Justice System Needs an Overhaul

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

Improving the state's criminal justice system will require changing its polices, such as focusing more on treatment for substance abusers and less on incarceration.

Eight Graphs Showing American Exceptionalism

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

I prefer looking at this subject from a data point of view, asking where America is "exceptional" compared to other wealthy countries where I am using the definition of "exceptional" to mean "unusual." This definition does not make a distinction about better or worse.

The Time Is Now

Marianne Williamson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

Perhaps we need to raise the bar on what we think is brutal. Humiliating lies, embarrassing stories and someone printing ugly pictures of you shouldn't quite make the list. Brutal is being stoned to death for adultery.

Watch: Incarceration Nation

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There are more African Americans under correctional control today -- in prison or jail, on probation or parole -- than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.

Can We Wait 88 Years to End Mass Incarceration?

Marc Mauer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Crime
Marc Mauer

By many measures, there is growing momentum for criminal justice reform. But any optimism needs to be tempered by the very modest rate of incarceration decline, 1.8 percent in the past year. At this rate, it will take until 2101 -- 88 years -- for the prison population to return to its 1980 level.

The Next Big National Policy Shift in One Chart

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

The partisan divide is as deep today as it perhaps has ever been. Even so, as demonstrated by the imminent passage of the first budget deal in almost five years, the landscape can change rapidly. The next big sea change seems relatively easy to predict...

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Prison Crisis Poses 'Critical Threat' To Justice Department, Report Finds | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ballooning cost of the overcrowded federal prison system is an "increasingly critical threat" to the Justice Department’s ability ...

What DC Central Kitchen Learned from a Newtown Mother

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

By Alexander Justice Moore Director of Development, DC Central Kitchen I'm lucky enough to work in a place held up by pillars of hope. Every day in D...

Earliest Known Prison Memoir Details Black Man's 20 Year Prison Experience

AP | By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University announced Thursday that research has determined an 1858 manuscript it acquired is the earliest known prison ...

Drug Treatment Court: Forced Medical Care and Behavior Modification

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

The stigma of those with drug and alcohol abuse as both sick and bad continues to drive the court to force both cure and punishment. Under this stigma, drug treatment courts will continue to funnel participants to ineffective court sponsored programs that monitor behavior masked as a cure.

New Portrait Honors Clyde Kennard, Forgotten Civil Rights Pioneer

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
The Zinn Education Project

After the terrorist attack on 9-11 and the nation's response, anger and grief overwhelmed artist Robert Shetterly.