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Prison Industrial Complex

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 11.19.2014 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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.

Ron Paul: Hillary Clinton Would Be A 'Pretty Mediocre' President

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) thinks if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, "she’d be pretty average" as commande...

Going Deep: Race and the Third Rail

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.03.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Race is ever-present as we go about our lives, igniting emotions we usually succeed in politely suppressing, unless... oh, an African-American woman, say, wants to write a check for her groceries.

Amanda Scherker

The 14 Most F#$%ed Up Things About America's Obsession With Putting People Behind Bars

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Scherker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

You may know the U.S. puts more of its citizens behind bars than any other country, but that's just the start.

The Center for Sexual Justice: How the Criminalization of the Queer Community Affects Us All

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Extein, MSW

We want to organize a community of support for queer registrants, families, friends and allies in order to lessen the trauma of life on the registry, decrease isolation and better the lives of everyone affected.

Pope Francis Gets Letters From 500 American Juveniles Facing Life Imprisionment

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has been “deeply moved” by 500 letters he received from young U.S. prisoners facing life behind bars and promised ...

ONE ON ONE: 5 Minutes With John Forte On What A 14-Year Prison Sentence Taught Him

Katherine Keating | Posted 06.01.2014 | World
Katherine Keating

Since his release from prison, Forte has become an activist for criminal justice reform, and is particularly passionate about America's juvenile justice system. "I saw the worst reflection of our society as evidenced in our prison system," he says. "We are hemorrhaging right now."

Capitol Punishment: The Troubling Consequences of Federal Child Pornography Laws

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Andrew Extein, MSW

The decision to empathize with a person who has caused harm is a deeply personal one. We are asking you, however, to think about what happened to Ryan Loskarn, think about the laws, and think about the way society and the media contributes to hatred and hysteria.

America's Invisible and Costly Human Rights Crisis

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.23.2014 | Crime
Ralph Nader

The full extent of the use of solitary confinement is truly alarming -- it is most certainly a human rights abuse and a blight on our national character.

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

With Marijuana Legal, New Criminal Class Needed

Daryl Rowland | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

Market research shows that the largest growth sector for illegal behavior is in corporate management. Prison owners hope to tap into that fertile market by appealing to local municipalities to get white collar criminals into the system early, where they can become lifelong customers.

James Nichols

Filmmakers Discuss Trans Icon Miss Major, Her Historic Legacy, And The Role Of LGBT Film

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices

"MAJOR!" is a film documenting the life and legacy of transgender elder and pioneering activist Miss Major, a prominent and enduring figure within the...

What Is a Black Life Worth?

Chris Williams | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

Over the past four centuries, generations of black people have asked the question: What is a black life worth? The answer to this question has been complex. But, lately, it is a question that bears asking due to the increasing amount of black bodies populating city streets and morgues.

Inmates & Prison Guards Watch A Documentary On The Failed War On Drugs Together, Find Agreement

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

Prisons might seem like a strange place to screen a documentary about the nation's failed war on drugs and its direct contribution to our booming pris...

Orange Is the New Black and the Practice of Prison Labor

Anita Sinha | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Anita Sinha

Prison labor today, therefore, is part of why penitentiaries yield a multi-billion dollar profit. From the vantage of for-profit corporations' accounting, the notion that Orange Is the New Black takes on a whole different meaning.

The #Dream9 'Publicity Stunt' to Improve the Immigration Reform Debate

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 10.08.2013 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

Their latest action can perhaps be considered a "publicity stunt," but I would characterize it as a productive one, part of a long tradition dating back to the Act Up public performances in the late '80s or to earlier performative activists like the Situationists.

Restorative Justice Is on the Rise

Molly Rowan Leach | Posted 09.22.2013 | Crime
Molly Rowan Leach

Restorative Justice is not about excusing crime or letting people off the hook. It's not about forcing forgiveness or even about forgiveness per se. What Restorative Justice is makes it the most powerful answer to the justice predicament that we've yet seen.

The Politics of Racism

Michael Yarbrough | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Michael Yarbrough

Racism has changed; it's learned to be subtle. It is this racism -- the kind hidden in the slums, shrouded under the guise of law -- that is perhaps more dangerous because it operates as a specter, hidden from those with the power to fight it.

A Brief Statement on Crime and Alleged 'Black Criminality'

Pascal Robert | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

On Crime and Economics Until the world realizes that barring certain extreme examples crime is an economic construct of poverty and not a product of ...

Time for a New Mistake

Brian O'Dea | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Brian O'Dea

Time to make a new mistake. That's right. Unless we are prepared to do just that, nothing will ever change (for the better). I, for one, do not know what that right thing is, but I am willing to bet it contains two elements: empathy and kindness, both lacking in our current model.

Wading Into the Morass of a Broken Criminal Justice System

Delphia Simmons | Posted 07.09.2013 | Detroit
Delphia Simmons

Ever since I decided to research the mechanics of our prison system, I have been somewhat stuck.

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.