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Prison Industry

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.

Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

A lot has been reported about our nation's prison system and its bloated population, but this is what it looks like when you take all of the countries...

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.

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...

It Makes Economic Sense To Stop Prisoners From Getting Raped: DoJ

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.15.2012 | Business

In terms of dollars and cents, it makes sense to try and prevent prison rape. That's the conclusion of a recent report from the Department of Justi...

South Carolina Shows How Far We Have to Go

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Business
Rev. Jesse Jackson

The next time you attend a graduation, remember that the gowns worn by the graduates are likely to have been made by South Carolina prison labor.

So We Can't Have Single Payer for Health Care, But How About Single Payer for Education?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

To produce education reform that is reform in more than name only, we need to look past our own political backyards at what might lie on the other side of the mountain. What I see on that other side is a single-payer education system. It's simple, sensible and, above all, just.  READ MORE

Has Obama's Handling of the Bank Bailout Undermined Health Care Reform?   One of the consequences of the one-sided bailout of Wall Street is the way it has undermined public trust in government.  Much of the health care anger is a proxy for bailout anger.  If we don't learn from the botched bailout, we are in danger of getting the same reform-in-name-only outcome on health care. READ MORE

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Plug The Budget Gap With Juvenile Justice Reform

Paula Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paula Wolff

A citizens' group has been appointed to find places to cut the budget. One of the first places they should look is the Department of Corrections, which spends a shocking $1.4 billion each year to lock up 45,000 people.

Jailing Teenagers and the Poisoning of Public Purpose

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The real problem is that the structure of private detention and prison contracting creates incentives and behaviors that poison our system of criminal justice.

President Obama Must Free Leonard Peltier

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

Imprisoned in the late 1970s for allegedly murdering two FBI agents, Leonard Peltier has never been given a fair trial.

Too Big to Fail and Too Small to Matter

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

These times provide a crash course on the corporate state: If a company like AIG is too big to fail, the government will rescue it. Mere pe...