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Overincarceration

An Amnesty for Prisoners of the War on Drugs

Ernest Drucker | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Ernest Drucker

Reducing the length and frequency of drug-related incarceration going forward for new cases, however welcome, doesn't do anything about the large population of drug users already stuck in our prisons.

Congress Must Act to Finish Job on Criminal Justice Reform

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Attorney General Eric Holder's speech to the American Bar Association last Monday announcing critical reforms to the way the Department of Justice prosecutes and addresses drug crimes was historic and long overdue.

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.

WATCH: Dennis Kucinich Discusses America's Overincarceration Problem

Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's jails, a 500% increase over the past 30 yea...

'Tough on Crime' No Longer the American Mantra?

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 07.02.2012 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

Politicians have held strong to the conventional wisdom that being "tough on crime" will win elections and appease the public's appetite for safety. But the pendulum of public opinion is starting to swing in the other direction.

Supreme Court Says Jails Can Strip Search You - Even for Traffic Violations

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 06.06.2012 | Black Voices
Inimai Chettiar

On Monday, a divided Supreme Court ruled in Florence v. Burlington that any person arrested can be subject to a strip search. This ruling provides the country with an opportune moment to reflect on our epidemic of mass incarceration.

MLK and the GOP Candidates: An Arc That Breaks

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

Martin Luther King Jr. said "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." For too many of the presidential candidates, the arc is broken.

A Way Toward Balancing Government Budgets While Promoting Justice: Break Our Addiction to Incarceration

Vanita Gupta | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

The financial crisis has created an unprecedented "interest convergence" -- an opportunity to ally with unlikely allies to advocate for and enact reforms to stem prison growth and spending.