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Two Stalled Mental Health Bills Are Essential for All of Us

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

Can a single piece of legislation really save our country millions every year, and at the same time improve the care of those with mental illness? It sounds too good to be true, but it is not.

Federal Prison Population Drops By Nearly 5,000

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal prison population has dropped in the last year by roughly 4,800, the first time in several decades that the inmate cou...

California Gets Two More Years To Meet Prison Population Cap

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal judges on Monday gave California two more years to meet a court-ordered prison population cap, the latest step in ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Prison Crisis Poses 'Critical Threat' To Justice Department, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ballooning cost of the overcrowded federal prison system is an "increasingly critical threat" to the Justice Department’s ability ...

Saki Knafo

America Has More Prisoners Than High School Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some 1,570,000 inmates in sta...

U.S. Prisons Have A Big Problem You're Not Worrying Enough About

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.31.2013 | Business

The big problem? Prison health care spending is rising fast with few signs of slowdown, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts. ...

Congress Looks To Overhaul Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Every weekend, Cindy Martinson treks from her home in Mason City, Iowa, about 160 miles roundtrip to Waseca, Minn. She visits the f...

Where A Quarter Of The World's Prison Population Is May Surprise You

Upworthy | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

Here in the U.S., we seem to treat prison as the answer to every issue. Drugs? Violence? Some prison time ought to fix that, right?...

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...

Are We the Most Evil Country in the World?

David Macaray | Posted 05.07.2013 | Crime
David Macaray

If we're not the "most evil" country in the world -- i.e., the country with the greatest number of evil people in it -- then we Americans are doing something terribly wrong, because we have the greatest number of people incarcerated in our prisons.

Federal Prison Population SOARS

Simon McCormack | Posted 02.08.2013 | Crime

The number of federal prisoners has ballooned from 25,000 inmates in 1980 to 219,000 today, according to a new Congressional Research report. That's a...

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.

Can't Wait to Go Back to Prison!

Ryan Mack | Posted 12.31.2012 | Impact
Ryan Mack

Last week I had the opportunity to visit an organization who is also well beyond merely talking about the problems of mass incarceration: the Prison Entrepreneurship Program.

Middle of Nowhere: A Movie Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Middle of Nowhere is beautifully drawn and poetically written. It teaches about family, race, character and the often unknowable arc of a life, without becoming pedantic or pretending to have answers.

Obama Administration Makes Push For Get-Out-Of-Jail-Early Proposals

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 07.30.2012 | Crime

A Department of Justice official pushed for two legislative proposals that would reduce the number of American prisoners in a country that houses more...

America's Future, a Choice in Black and White

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

For 40 years, ever since Nixon's law-and-order agenda gave the impetus, the trend in social policy has been skewed to eliminate compassion and focus entirely on rule breaking.

Race, Arrest and Incarceration in New York City

Alan Singer | Posted 02.23.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

In 40 years of teaching in the New York metropolitan area I have never had a Black student who did not have a story to tell.

John Rudolf

Drug Sentencing Reforms Halt Decades of Prison Population Growth

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In 1986, as the crack cocaine epidemic ravaged America's inner cities, a Democratic Congress passed legislation dictating harsh mandatory ...

The Prison Industrial Complex in the United States

Tio Hardiman | Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

What more can be done to help reverse this ever-growing trend of locking people up instead of providing them with the necessary help to cope and deal with a changing world?

Prisoners Formally Complain For More TV Sports Channels

PA | Posted 11.26.2011 | Home

Inmates at a jail in South Wales have lodged a formal complaint with prison authorities because they want more sports channels on television. ...

Why Are We Killing Troy Davis?

Kevin Powell | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Kevin Powell

We are a nation of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life. Spiraling so far out of control that we are going to execute someone who may actually be innocent tomorrow.

Latinos Are The New Majority... In Federal Prison

AP | By GARANCE BURKE | Posted 11.09.2011 | Latino Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- More than half of all people sent to federal prison for committing felony crimes so far this year were Hispanic, a major demographic ...

Prisoners Who Have Dreams

Michael Santos | Posted 10.28.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

I applaud the new memorial in Washington D.C. honoring Dr. King. Yet, we -- as a nation -- still have a long way to go before we can say that we are living his noble dream.

Cut the Federal Prison Budget

Michael Santos | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

As a federal prisoner, I live in a system that is the epitome of government waste. Legislators could easily cut a billion dollars from the federal prison budget with compromising public safety one iota.

Benjamin Franklin and a Modern American Portrait -- Tax Cuts, Poverty, and Moving In

Stephan A. Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephan A. Schwartz

Benjamin Franklin saw America as a democratic society: middle class, largely urban, family-centered, joyful, and upwardly mobile. Recently we have been oriented more towards Ayn Rand.