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Mass Incarceration

Would a White Girl Be Prosecuted for a Botched Science Experiment?

Jesse Lava | Posted 07.02.2013 | Crime
Jesse Lava

The notion of a white girl getting hauled off to jail for a harmless expression of intellectual curiosity is dubious, to say the least. And though the rise of "zero tolerance" policies in American schools should theoretically be race-neutral, that's not the reality.

What If It's Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness? (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Jesse Lava

If a vindictive, biased justice system is irreconcilable with the Gospel, what is a Christian to do? The answer is first to get outraged -- a perfectly Christian emotion if it next leads to action that helps the powerless in their struggle for justice.

Teaching in Prison's Shadow

Sally Lee | Posted 06.24.2013 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

"School-to-prison pipeline" is a phrase that describes a set of policies and practices that push young people out of public schools and into the criminal justice system. It is a kind of shorthand that activists use to refer to places where schools are linked to the merciless tendrils of the prison system.

Enough Is Enough: The Tide Is Turning in the War On Drugs

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

I'm not naive. I know what bureaucratic thrust drives the war on drugs and what an obstacle this represents. Yet still, everywhere I look, I also see the writing on the wall. Everyday, a growing number of states moves closer to legalizing marijuana as Colorado and Washington did on Election Day.

The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Despite an increased emphasis on treatment and prevention programs in recent years, the Obama administration in its 2013 budget still requ...

Matt Sledge

Is The War On Drugs Nearing An End? | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- For four decades, libertarians, civil rights activists and drug treatment experts have stood outside of the political mainstream in arguin...

How the Drug War Destroyed My Community and Why It Must End

Jakada Imani | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Jakada Imani

Our nation is making a treacherous tradeoff: wasteful spending on an ineffective "War on Drugs" at the expense of the youth, families, and working folks who are the engine of a thriving economy.

Mass Incarceration: A Great Social Injustice

Michael Santos | Posted 05.05.2013 | Crime
Michael Santos

I am one of those people who've been released from prison, but I'm still stuck in the criminal justice system.

How Mass Incarceration Threatens Public Health

Jason Silverstein | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

We have a problem, you know, and it's only getting worse. It doesn't strike us equally -- it's a problem that mostly affects young men, minorities, and people without high school diplomas.

Why is this university president afraid of the truth on private prisons?

Jesse Lava | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business
Jesse Lava

The debate over Florida Atlantic University's decision to name a football stadium after a notorious private prison company has descended into deception.

Performance Incentive Funding Can End Juvenile Mass Incarceration, Too

Gabriel Daniel Solis | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime
Gabriel Daniel Solis

Although the decline in juvenile incarceration is encouraging to advocates, there is still little reason to celebrate. The criminalization of youth behavior and the school-to-prison pipeline continue to feed young people into the criminal justice system.

Did GEO Group Edit Its Wikipedia Page to Hide Its Past?

Jesse Lava | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Jesse Lava

Word came out yesterday that Florida Atlantic University had sold the naming rights to its new football stadium to the GEO Group, which is the second largest private prison company in America. It now appears that the GEO Group decided to give its Wikipedia page a facelift.

Locking Mental-Health Patients Away in Prisons: Is There a Way Forward?

Nora Demleitner | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Nora Demleitner

Gov. Jerry Brown's demands that a federal court relax the judicially mandated prison-population cap not only highlight California's outlier status in prison policy, but also underscore the need for President Barack Obama's initiative to increase mental-health services.

Say It, Mr. President

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 04.14.2013 | Crime
Ethan Nadelmann

I firmly believe that at some point during his second administration President Obama is going to address the issue of mass incarceration in America. What I fear is that he is going to wait so long, and ultimately do so with such caution, as to minimize his potential impact.

Meet A Women Giving Other Women A Second Chance

Tessa Blake | Posted 02.11.2013 | Women
Tessa Blake

More than anything, Susan has created a place without judgment. She believes these women are worthwhile. She believes given opportunities and support, they will not return to prison. And, overwhelmingly, they don't.

Mass Incarceration, Homelessness and HIV Vulnerability

Paul Kawata | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Paul Kawata

Our nation must tackle the social inequities that persist in our culture if we are to truly realize a vision of an AIDs-free generation. Tackling the epidemics of homelessness and incarceration must be at the forefront of that effort.

A Law So Awful It Literally Makes Judges Cry (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.14.2013 | Crime
Jesse Lava

Reforming marijuana laws is a crucial part of fostering a fairer and more cost-effective justice system. The fact that these laws are finally starting to change is a heartening and remarkable development.

Mental Illness and Criminal Justice: Our Impossible, Contradictory Polices and Their Tragic Impact

Gerald Landsberg | Posted 03.13.2013 | Crime
Gerald Landsberg

With the closing of state hospitals and reductions in mental-health hospital beds, the criminal justice system has come to assume the primary role for responsibility for the mentally ill.

A Watershed Moment in the War Against the War on Drugs

Jason Flom | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Jason Flom

The failure of the Drug War is both clear and tragic. The United States is home to just five percent of the world's population but fully 25 percent of the world's prison population.

The President Asked Us to Push Him: Here's a To-Do List to Get Us Started

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

President Obama still has the opportunity to have a transformational presidency -- but, as he has said again and again, bringing about the changes we need is going to require the active participation of all of us.

On One Issue, Two Empty Chairs

Jesse Lava | Posted 12.30.2012 | Crime
Jesse Lava

With the presidential debates now over and little more than a week to go before the election, it's clear that the vigorous back-and-forth between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will leave out one of the great issues of our time: mass incarceration.

Task Force to Host Historic Restorative Justice Conference at Harvard Law School

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education
Pierre R. Berastaín

The initiative comes at a particularly important time given the alarming statistics that reflect the inefficiency of the criminal justice system, mainstream domestic violence and sexual violence programs, and the inimical zero tolerance policies implemented in school districts nation-wide.

Most Important Discussion You Probably Missed: Candidates Address Key Civil Liberties Issues

Ezekiel Edwards | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Ezekiel Edwards

As we predicted in early September, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have prioritized criminal justice reform. In fact, they've managed -- with the help of mainstream media and the debate moderators -- to sidestep much of that discussion completely.

So You Want to Talk Solutions? White Denial and the Change Question (Part 1)

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 11.05.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

It is time to rectify a societal plague - mass incarceration. This would be a step in the right direction.

Debtors' Prisons Make the Poor Poorer

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

2012-08-27-scblog.pngIncarcerating people for not paying fees they can't afford isn't generating revenue -- it's just creating more government spending. And making it almost impossible for people to rejoin society ensures that people will wind up back in prison.