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We Are The 100 Percent

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 11.30.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

As Election Day approaches, much of the nation must surely be experiencing Percent Fatigue. Permit me to inject one more into the mix in an effort to bring this cycle to its necessary fruition: In the end, this election is about the 100 Percent.

Give Democracy a Chance

Marianne Williamson | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

I hope that in the next chapter of American politics -- the one that begins the day after this next election -- the people of the United States will say where we want to go. And democracy, with all its grit and genuine glory, will have a chance.

Shocker: America Spends $2.16 Trillion on Violence Annually

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

One out of every 7 dollars spent in the U.S. is spent containing violence. Is this really how we want to measure America's success, how we want to develop as a society, and how we want to leave the world for our children and our children's children?

Do Elderly Inmates Belong in Illinois' Prisons?

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 11.22.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Although effective prison hospice programs exist, a more cost-effective, compassionate choice would be partnering with hospice agencies outside of the prison system who would bring holistic care to the inmate while facilitating life closure.

Science, Standards and Forensics: Part III

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 11.10.2012 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

Our entire system of forensics needs to be shored up -- and Congress may finally be responding to the crisis.

Why Should We Vote YES on Prop 36 (Three Strikes Reform Initiative) on the November California Ballot?

Quora | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Kenyatta Leal, San Quentin State Prison Inmate Proposition 36 would not only reserve LIFE sentences...

Jazz Hayden's Struggle: A Primer for Understanding the Bankruptcy of the Prison Industrial Complex

Johanna Fernandez | Posted 11.05.2012 | Crime
Johanna Fernandez

Hayden is just one of dozens of New York City activists facing criminal charges believed to have been leveled against them by the courts and the police in retaliation for their civilian challenges to police authority.

A Discussion About Drug Policy Is Long Overdue

Maria McFarland | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Maria McFarland

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Of the many issues that national politicians routinely gloss over during campaign season, one they're least likely to touch -- and haven't, in any real way, since the 1980s -- is drug policy. But the country ignores the issue at its own peril.

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.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Invited to Speak at the Republican National Convention Despite Shameful Record

Laura Merriman | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Laura Merriman

One of the United States' cruelest elected officials, Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, will speak to delegates at the Republican Conventio...

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.

States with Harsh Drug Sentencing Working Towards Reform

The Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 08.29.2012 | Black Voices

There are more black men behind bars or under the watch of the criminal justice system than there were enslaved in 1850, wrote Michelle Alexander, aut...

Revolving Door

Jaime Zucker | Posted 10.20.2012 | College
Jaime Zucker

As I sit in the sweltering heat of a poorly-ventilated meeting room, facing a man who cannot even wipe the sweat from his forehead with his hands cuffed and chained to his waist, I wonder if this is really going to make New Orleans a safer place.

Giving Prisoners a Second Chance Means Removing the Barriers to Reentry

Shon Hopwood | Posted 10.20.2012 | Crime
Shon Hopwood

Every year state and federal prisons release more than 650,000 people, a population equal to that of Seattle or Boston. Rather than providing the means for a successful transition, many states and the federal government hurl prisoners out into the world with little or no support.

There Are No 'Perfect Victims'

Chi Mgbako | Posted 10.14.2012 | Impact
Chi Mgbako

When many people think of typical victims of human rights abuse, they often conjure up stereotypical images of passive and powerless people.

What Does the First Day of a 5+ Year Prison Sentence Feel Like?

Quora | Posted 10.10.2012 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Jean-François Noubel, Founder of CIRI -- the Collective Intelligence Research Institute, http://noub...

What Does the First Day of a 5+ Year Prison Sentence Feel Like?

Quora | Posted 09.04.2012 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Foster Winans, ghostwriter and CEO of Winans Kuenstler Publishing in Bucks County, PA Although I ...

Georgia Takes the Lead in Smart Criminal Justice Reform

Dr. Niaz Kasravi | Posted 09.04.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Niaz Kasravi

This past Sunday, the state of Georgia took a bold step in reforming its criminal justice system. The state implemented a package of new laws establishing alternatives to incarceration for low-level, non-violent offenders.

The Case for Better Alternatives

Howard Meitiner | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Howard Meitiner

I applaud politicians like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who have recognized the need to invest in halfway houses and other treatment programs versus prisons. That being said, a treatment program is only viable as an alternative to incarceration if it lives up to its promise.

De-stigmatizing Mental Illness Is a Critical Step in New Focus on Treatment vs. Punishment for Addiction

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
David Sack, M.D.

We do not punish people who have a second heart attack by denying treatment; why do we punish those who relapse with an addiction by denying further treatment?

How Would You Design a Prison According to UX / User Experience Principles?

Quora | Posted 07.30.2012 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Eric "Phil" Phillips, Inmate at San Quentin If I were designing a prison, I would eliminate double ...

DOJ Probing Sex Abuse Allegations At Alabama Prisons

AP | ANDY BROWNFIELD | Posted 05.28.2012 | Crime

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Rape, sexual assault and harassment from male guards are a way of life for prisoners at an Alabama women's prison, according to in...

White House Aims To Curb Prison Rape

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration ordered federal, state and local officials Thursday to adopt zero tolerance for prison rape as it issued m...

Bronx Parents and Community Members Protest Harsh Disciplinary Procedures

Dinu Ahmed | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education
Dinu Ahmed

The Bronx-based groups argue that harsh and punitive disciplinary measures that remove children from the classroom for minor incidents only exacerbate the problem of school pushout, and differentially impact youth of color.

Launched by Australian Visionary, U.S. Peace Index Hits Year Two

Jim Luce | Posted 07.15.2012 | Home
Jim Luce

The U.S. Peace Index was launched last year with the aim is to further understand the types of environments that are associated with peace and its economic impacts at a more specific regional level.