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Prison Industrial Complex

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

Katherine Keating | Posted 04.01.2014 | 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 02.19.2014 | 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.

30 Ways The Prison Industry Gets Rich

Katy Hall | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business

The U.S. has the world's highest incarceration rate, with 2.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 100 behind bars. Rising immigration detentions and the di...

Justice Scaled

Delphia Simmons | Posted 06.08.2013 | Detroit
Delphia Simmons

Recently I learned of something even more disturbing than our former mayor's pending indictment.

African-American Males Facing Serious Challenges

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Leaders in the United States should take a serious look at trying to help young African-American males overcome adversity without falling victim to the many ills of society.

Shorty Wanna Be a Thug

Kenya (Robinson) | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Kenya (Robinson)

Most of us share an open secret. It reveals itself every time we head to the gym, or prepare for an interview or an important presentation, or, in my case, cleaning day. I cop a Beyoncé, and for a few shining moments I put on the costume of black masculinity. It's like a white tee. One size fits all.

Little Black Girls Are the New "Angry Black Women": Race, Gender, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

j.n. salters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

We must not forget about our little black girls, who continue to be invisibilized in classrooms, media, policies, and mainstream society.

Prison Labor as a Business Model

David Macaray | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
David Macaray

The U.S. used to be recognized as the entrepreneurial capital of the world. Today (thanks largely to our unenlightened drug laws), we're recognized as the prison capital of the world. Prisoners, meet your new employers.

Determined to Make a Difference

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Children who have to navigate the harsh reality of homelessness on top of poverty often fall through our already porous safety nets and disproportionately drop out of school and then, too often, drop into the prison pipeline.

Private Prison In Violation For Sub-Par Conditions

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 10.10.2012 | Black Voices

The nation’s first privately owned prison could be under fire after an audit report released last week by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and ...

Understanding the Root Cause of Violence in Chicago's African-American Community

Tio Hardiman | Posted 10.28.2012 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Violence in Chicago's African-American community can be difficult to understand, until you look back over the last 40 years.