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Mass Incarceration

70 Year Old Woman Prosecuted for Neglecting Her 98 Year Old Mother

Eric Lotke | Posted 11.17.2014 | Crime
Eric Lotke

We hear too many stories of our supersized justice system. Too many people locked up, the school-to-prison pipeline, etc. Here is another one: A 70 year old woman in Alexandria, Virginia, has been prosecuted for failing to take adequate care of her ailing, wheel-chair bound, 98 year old mother.

The 2014 Elections and the Future of Black America

William Lynch III | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
William Lynch III

No matter where you stand on the issues, you must concede that there will be extreme gridlock for the next two years: Congress will block President Obama's appointments, while in turn the president will use up a lot of ink with a steady stream of vetoes when Congress passes bills to undermine his agenda.

Ryan Grim

The Dark-Horse Policy Reform That Has Both Obama And Some GOPers Optimistic

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

With Democrats holding the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it's been suggested that the odds are slim of any major ...

How the Criminal Justice System Fails the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime
Lydia L. Callis

Imagine a situation where you are accused of a crime -- perhaps a crime you did not commit, or maybe even a crime you were the victim of. The arresting officers use a different language; you're unable to communicate what happened before you get brought to jail.

Nonviolent Drug Offenders Should Not Be Taking Up Prison Beds

Stephen Downing | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Stephen Downing

Few people know what it feels like to arrest a man. To hear the click of the handcuffs that so ominously foretells the loss of freedom, citizenship rights and personal potential for years to come.

Break the Cycle Of Mass Incarceration

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

As a nation that claims to value fairness and equality for all, mass incarceration is a disgrace. But it doesn't have to be this way. And this Election Day, Calilfornians have an opportunity to take a significant step toward ending it.

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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.16.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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...