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Mass Incarceration

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.

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

As prophets did in the days of abolition, the anti-lynching movement, and the Civil Rights movement, modern-day leaders, like Michelle Alexander, have traversed the country shining light on the myth of equal justice in our justice system. And on Tuesday, the unlikely duo of Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul joined together to address this myth by introducing the REDEEM Act.

Saki Knafo

White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's drug czar admitted Wednesday that locking people up won't keep them from using drugs, but he stopped short of renouncing pu...

Dodging Decarceration: The Shell Game of 'Getting Smart' on Crime

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

It has taken a long time, far too long, but politicians seem finally to have realized how catastrophically expensive it is for the United States to lock up more people than any other country on the planet.

Sixty Five Million Left Out July 4

Bill Quigley | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Over sixty five million people in the US, perhaps a fifth of our sisters and brothers, are not enjoying the "unalienable rights" of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" promised when the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.

Three Myths Hurting Young Black Men and Boys

Michael Nutter | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Michael Nutter

As a result of these myths, we're putting an entire generation at a severe disadvantage and wasting the lives of millions of people who, with reasonable investment, could become vital contributors to our economy and society.

The Central Park Jogger Case Is Settled for $40 Million, But What About Justice for Other Black and Latino Teens?

Natalie Byfield | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Natalie Byfield

For me, in this case, the arc of the moral universe encompasses more than the men involved; and thus it is longer even than the 25 years it took for the exonerate men to get this measure of reparation or justice.

Why Conservatives Should Want to End the Drug War

James Carli | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
James Carli

Drug policy reform is an issue that conservatives should rally behind. There are three overwhelming and compelling reasons why this is so.

Why #FelonCrushFriday Should Change the Way We Think About Incarceration

Eva Shang | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Eva Shang

#FelonCrushFriday should be used to raise public awareness about the reforms needed in the criminal justice system and how each of us can extend a hand to those caught in its revolving doors. We can change the way we think about crime and incarceration.

Slavery's Shadow: Reparations and the Cost to Build a Nation

Antonio Moore | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

In a piece recently written on Forbes.com entitled "If There Should Be Reparations For American Slavery The Amount Should Be Around About Nothing"...

Letters From the Front Lines of the Drug War

Anthony Papa | Posted 08.18.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Locking people up for nonviolent drug crimes has become the way of life in the United States. The more stories we can hear of those subjected to draconian sentencing laws, the better chance we have to fix this broken system.

Poor Black Men Are Locked Up While Poor Black Women Are Locked Out

The Washington Post | Posted 06.17.2014 | Black Voices

Patrice is, in many ways, typical. A low-income woman, she’s struggling to find affordable housing in Milwaukee. The 24-year-old single mother of th...

Thousands of Rapists Are Not Behind Bars Because Cops Focus on Marijuana Users

Bill Piper | Posted 08.17.2014 | Crime
Bill Piper

A piece in the Washington Post highlights the growing backlog of untested rape test kits that are sitting in police storage units while rapists run free and victims suffer. Missing from the story, however, is one of the biggest contributors to this backlog.

Matthew Cooke and Adrian Grenier: Putting People in Jail Is Not the Solution

Matthew Cooke | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Despite the facts, we're a prison-crazed society. The solution to all our problems ... put them in jail! Yet we forget what a horrible act of torture a prison is. Even for a day.

Instead of "One Size Fits All" Justice That Hurts Communities, Let's Get Smart on Crime

Kamala D. Harris | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Kamala D. Harris

I firmly believe there must be swift and certain consequences for all crime, but I also believe that the way our system deals with low-level, nonviolent and non-serious offenders wastes resources needed to fight more serious crime.

Smarter Sentencing Act May Mark the Beginning of the End of Mass Incarceration

Charles Ogletree | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Charles Ogletree

At critical periods in our nation's history, progress becomes inevitable. The momentum is almost palpable, as Americans come together to make a collective decision to right a wrong, or to expand opportunity.

We Don't Need to Live in a Society Where Race Limits Any Child's Destiny

Gordon Whitman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

One of the great tragedies in America today is the mistaken belief that racial inequality is a sad but inevitable condition of our society.

Horrific Stories of Two Babies Victimized by the War on Drugs

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Sharda Sekaran

It is a bitter irony that thousands of kids have experienced needless violence or had their families ripped apart in the name of drug prohibition.

Expanded Clemency Program Deserves Bipartisan Support

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Until Congress passes bills like Rob Portman's Second Chance Reauthorization Act, or the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, we'll remain a long way off from a fair, effective criminal justice system.

One Man's Inspiring Journey From Convicted Felon To Law School Grad

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.30.2014 | Black Voices

Desmond Meade's inspirational story could be straight out of a major motion picture. The 46-year-old went from serving as a soldier, to an inmate a...