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Mass Incarceration

The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

Jim Liske | Posted 04.18.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

For decades, "tough on crime" policies contributed to the explosive growth of the prison population -- and the amount of money we spend on locking people up.

Matt Ferner

Christian Leaders Call For Ending Drug War, Mass Incarceration

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

As the Easter holiday approaches, several Christian leaders called for the U.S. to end the war on drugs and mass incarceration of offenders. The faith...

Congress Should End Immigrant Detention Quotas

Barbara Hines | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Barbara Hines

The burgeoning business of immigrant detention is an overlooked and critical civil rights issue that demands our attention.

Putting Prisons on the LGBT Agenda

Harper Jean Tobin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Harper Jean Tobin

Combating mass incarceration and abuse behind bars belongs much higher on the LGBT movement agenda. We can only move forward as a movement if more people prioritize this work, and we hope NCTE's new guide can help energize and inform that work.

New Drug Czar a Chance to Do Things Right

Bill Piper | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

The position of drug czar was meant to coordinate and improve U.S. drug policy, but traditionally drug czars have been little more than propagandists for the failed drug war -- ignoring science, opposing reform, and stifling debate.

Paul Ryan and the Inner City American Dream Deferred

Antonio Moore | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Ryan's statement has undertones of racial bias and ignorance, and it fails to acknowledge the depth of the context of America's dark history. A history that digs back to the tobacco farms of Jamestown, Virginia, then makes its way forward to the lunch counters in Selma, Alabama.

The Most Powerful Painting I Have Ever Seen... And How it Freed Someone From Prison

Tony Newman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Tony Newman

My good friend and colleague, Anthony Papa, found his passion for art while serving a 15-to-life sentence in Sing-Sing. Papa painted hundreds of pieces while behind bars, but one of them stands out and is the most powerful painting I have ever seen.

Forty Days in an Orange Jumpsuit: A Lawyer/Pastor Wears Prison Garb for Lent

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Our faith is done a disservice by ministers who seek to have the most, rather than seek out those with the least. Kent's act does what ministry should: challenge, inform and enliven our faith lives.

Time to Stop the Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers of Color

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This is a moral call that must not just be left to people of color, or to black and Hispanic churches. It must be heard and responded to by all of us, including white leaders, parents, and all of our churches. Because these children are our children. These men are our brothers. Are we our brothers' keepers?

Let's Fix a Justice System That Isn't Working

Harry Belafonte | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Harry Belafonte

There is a crisis that demands our urgent attention. For the last four decades, this country has been obsessed with expanding the number of people we throw behind bars and the length of time we hold them there.

Time to Bring an End to Torture in Our Jails

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 03.05.2014 | 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.

A Funding Model to Tip the Scales of Justice: Success Oriented Funding

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 03.13.2014 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

Co-authored by Marc Levin, director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation In the past, the right has called the l...

Study: More People of Color Sentenced to Private Prisons Than Whites

Michaela Pommells | Posted 04.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Private prisons have been marketed as the necessary supplement to save taxpayer dollars. It is a system designed by the rich and for the rich. A system that clearly relies on the incarceration of African American and Latino people for its survival.

Why Is the Federal Government Orphaning Children?

Gordon Whitman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

It is still the case that less than 15 percent of immigration detentions are of people who pose a threat to public safety, the people ICE says it is prioritizing. The consequence for American families is devastating

'Ban the Box' Fair Hiring Policies Take Hold Around the Nation

Michelle Natividad Rodriguez | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Michelle Natividad Rodriguez

Stable employment is a significant factor in reducing the likelihood of reoffending. Yet, research shows that having a criminal record reduces job callbacks by 50 percent.

Obama and Holder Make Unprecedented Moves to Address Drug War and Mass Incarceration

Tony Newman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

Here are seven significant moves by President Obama and AG Holder over the last six months that have garnished them extensive praise and admiration.

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.

3 Reasons Marijuana Legalization in Colorado Is Good for People of Color

Neill Franklin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Neill Franklin

The war on drugs, as we all know, has led to mass criminalization and incarceration for people of color. The legalization of marijuana, which took effect for the first time in the country in Colorado on January 1, is one step toward ending that war.

America's Invisible and Costly Human Rights Crisis

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.23.2014 | Crime
Ralph Nader

The full extent of the use of solitary confinement is truly alarming -- it is most certainly a human rights abuse and a blight on our national character.

Reality Has Turned the Tide Against Private Prisons

Donald Cohen | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Coast-to-coast, governments are realizing that outsourcing corrections to for-profit corporations is a bad deal for taxpayers, and for public safety.

What Fox News and Hannity Blocked Me From Saying: Mumia as Fuel for Right-Wing Agenda

Johanna Fernandez | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Johanna Fernandez

In classic Fox form, the interview with me would not be about the case nor about the appointment of Adegbile. Hannity gave ample time to Katie Pavlich who was representing the views of the prosecution, and who was clearly committed to simply echoing its conclusions.

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.

Fourteen 2014 New Year's Resolutions for Progressives -- and One for Every Year

Robert Creamer | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The coming year will determine whether progressives allow the obstructionist tactics of extremists and their billionaire allies to stop change that benefits the vast majority of ordinary Americans.

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.

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...