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Mass Incarceration

Why We Marched

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

Because we have already called for an end to mass incarceration, but, though there has been progress, our elected local, state and especially federal officials haven't gone far enough.

Defending the Dream in Ferguson: Vest or Vote

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

This past weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in continued protests, forums, and demonstrations seeking justice for Mike Brown and other victims as part of the highly organized Ferguson October weekend of civil disobedience.

Charles Smith: #HeStillDeservedLife

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Black Voices
Renaldo Pearson

By now, you've probably seen this controversial news out of Savannah, Georgia: On a Thursday morning nearly a month ago (September 18), 29 year-old Charles Smith was shot and killed, while handcuffed, by Savannah-Chatham Police Officer David Jannot.

Restoring Dignity to Criminal Justice

Jim Liske | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Why should we care if more criminals are behind bars for longer sentences? As president of the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, I've seen the downsides of mass incarceration up close.

Matt Sledge

California Prison Reform's Biggest Backer Is Also Friends With Karl Rove

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

Thousands of California prisoners could be released if state voters pass a referendum downgrading certain non-violent felonies to misdemeanors next mo...

The Shocking Truth About Women In U.S. Prisons

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women

The U.S. has a serious female prisoner problem. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, there are 201,200 women incarcerated in t...

Prosecutors Can Play Role in Ending Mass Incarceration

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 09.30.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

No one argues that a federal prosecutor's role is easy. And, in many ways, the revolution in prosecution requires them to make even more subtle and difficult judgments than they do already. But if the nation is to end mass incarceration, with a criminal justice system suited to that goal, we must collectively embrace the revolution in prosecution.

Holder's Legacy: Steering Away From the Drug War and Mass Incarceration

Bill Piper | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

When it comes to criminal justice reform, Attorney General Eric Holder -- who announced today he will soon resign -- waged a revolution from within. Taken individually some of his work seems incremental. Seen as a whole it's quite bold.

Incarceration or Redemption?

Jim Burklo | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

We ask God to forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. One of our trespasses has been the unprecedented mass incarceration of mostly black and brown people for insufficient causes.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 5 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we face the rugged terrain ahead, our marching orders must be the sobering words that speak presciently from the grave of the late Coretta Scott King: "Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation."

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 4 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we witness the drug and criminal justice policies of the "greatest democracy in the world" lag behind those of an ever expanding list of other countries around the world, more and more are coming down on the right side of history.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 3 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

This move could result in the release of thousands of low-level federal inmates caught up in the drug war. For a president who, hitherto, had the most conservative pardon record in recent history (e.g. in Obama's first term, he pardoned 1 in 50 applicants, while Ronald Reagan pardoned 1 in 3), such a shift is noteworthy.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 2 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

What changes have come about since our #EndMassIncarceration petition? Well, there's been about 20 developments and victories in the way of criminal justice reform (not including changes at the state/local level), at least 6 of which that are having or will have measurable impact.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 1 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

At the core of all of this is an ignominious reality at odds with one of the nation's most (publicly) cherished ideals, and one of our Constitution's most sacred laws: the Fourteenth Amendment right to "equal protection of the laws."

"PriSchool": Overcoming Mass-Incarceration With a New Design

Uzoma Orchingwa | Posted 09.04.2014 | Crime
Uzoma Orchingwa

Seven million are under carceral supervision. What's more, this seemingly compulsive desire to confine, which was once exclusively associated with America, is now becoming a global phenomenon.

Why Prison Reform Is Good for All of Us

David Chura | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
David Chura

When you look at prison conditions honestly, without the filter of righteousness, how could you not see that the present system only breeds anger and resentment, hostility and hopelessness in offenders, and finally leads to more crime?

Narrowing the Racial Divide in the War on Drugs

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 09.16.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Just look at the facts, and it becomes clear that America's egregious rates of incarceration of blacks and Latinos stem from the enforcement of unfair sentencing laws -- laws that are grounded in racist policy, and that are desperately in need of reform.

From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and t...

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Artist Creates Mock Police Sketches To Address Issue Of 'Wanted' Youth

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Over a nearly three decade period from 1980 to 2008, U.S. incarceration rates have accelerated from an estimated 500,000 to 2.3 million people. Dispr...

SB 1010: Fixing California's Racist Drug Laws

Zachary Norris | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Zachary Norris

California may get one step closer to eliminating the racist laws that unfairly target low-income communities of color for incarceration. On Thursday, the California State Assembly will vote on a bill that would eliminate groundless disparities in punishment for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine for sale.

The Black and White Resignation of Richard Nixon

Will Bunch | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

Liberals who foolishly thought they'd won on August 8, 1974, have spent most of the last 40 years on the defensive, failed by stubborn hubris as Vietnam became Iraq, as B-52s became drones, as segregation became the mass incarceration of young American blacks, as J. Edgar Hoover's FBI became the NSA of Dick Cheney... and Barack Obama.

'Out of Many, One'

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

In 1782 an act of Congress determined that the latin phrase "e pluribus unum" would become the motto of a fledgling nation.

Why Muslim Americans Need Malcolms and Martins

Usra Ghazi | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Usra Ghazi

We need civically engaged Muslims to tackle these issues from all fronts. We need organizers and activists, daring demonstrations and diplomatic dinners. We need Malcolm Xs and Martin Luther Kings, Pauli Murrays and Ella Bakers.

Letters from Men in Prison: The Call for Accessible Entrepreneurship Education

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime
Steve Mariotti

Forty years in, the war on drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known surve...

Expanding Overcrowding and Financial Costs of Criminal Justice Systems Unites Global Prison Leaders

Neli Vazquez Rowland | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Neli Vazquez Rowland

The total costs of incarceration from causes to consequences are incalculable and rising. Without a comprehensive plan to address the structural causes of recidivism and incarceration, these costs will continue to rise and burden our economy.