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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. ...

The Other F Word

Leslie Neale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Leslie Neale

No, not that F word! I'm talking about forgiveness -- letting go, turning the other cheek. It is taboo to consider forgiveness as a component to criminal justice reform, but that's just what the victims and survivors in my documentary Unlikely Friends are proposing.

Meet the Prison Phone Company Profiting Off Love (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jesse Lava

Prisoners are often housed hundreds of miles from their families, making phone the only way to connect on a routine basis. Global Tel*Link's high rates allow the company to profiteer off this basic human need.

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.

What Orange Is the New Black Gets Right About the Prison System -- And What It Leaves Out

Jesse Lava | Posted 10.12.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Lava

The show demonstrates a solid commitment to generating empathy for prisoners and exposing the systemic problems that plague criminal justice in the United States. There are, however, deep problems with the criminal justice system that Orange does not raise.

Orange is the New Black: Incarceration in America (Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer

Those who read or watch Orange should ask themselves if housing Piper Kerman in the federal penitentiary was a good use of taxpayer money.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Xavier McElrath-Bey | Posted 08.21.2013 | Crime
Xavier McElrath-Bey

My life course is a testament of the human potential for positive change, and I am in no way an exception. I personally know many individuals who have gone through similar experiences and are now living positive and productive lives.

Private Prison Allegedly Put Inmates In 'Barbaric' Conditions

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business

By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Miss., May 30 (Reuters) - A Mississippi prison for severely mentally ill inmates is infested with rats that ...

What If It's Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness? (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Jesse Lava

If a vindictive, biased justice system is irreconcilable with the Gospel, what is a Christian to do? The answer is first to get outraged -- a perfectly Christian emotion if it next leads to action that helps the powerless in their struggle for justice.

Let's Talk About Prison Health Care

John Maki | Posted 06.01.2013 | Chicago
John Maki

Through decades of passing laws and supporting policies that have filled our prisons with an unprecedented number of inmates, we have built a prison health care system without asking difficult and yet fundamental questions about what we have created.

Organize to Scrutinize Your Local Sex Trafficking Laws

Margaret Howard | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Margaret Howard

It's time to demand that local laws be held to the standard of state and federal law. Doing so may be a start to fixing how local law enforcement treats commercially sexually exploited and trafficked people of all ages.

Mass Incarceration: A Great Social Injustice

Michael Santos | Posted 05.05.2013 | Crime
Michael Santos

I am one of those people who've been released from prison, but I'm still stuck in the criminal justice system.

Meet A Women Giving Other Women A Second Chance

Tessa Blake | Posted 02.11.2013 | Women
Tessa Blake

More than anything, Susan has created a place without judgment. She believes these women are worthwhile. She believes given opportunities and support, they will not return to prison. And, overwhelmingly, they don't.

What Is the Most Surprising or Unexpected Part of Life Post-Prison?

Quora | Posted 03.20.2013 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Michael Santos, Author and Speaker, Some may find it absurd, but the most ...

Three Decades in Solitary Confinement: America's Greatest Living Prison Escape Artist

Gabriel London | Posted 02.18.2013 | Crime
Gabriel London

Eleven years ago, I set out on an adventure to tell the story of Mark DeFriest, an infamous and brilliant prison escape artist who had earned the title "Houdini of Florida" and has spent 27 of the last 32 years in prison for his escapes and disciplinary infractions.

Human Rights Group Fights 'Cruel' And 'Senseless' Imprisonments

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- For humanitarian and economic reasons, the federal Bureau of Prisons should grant more early releases to incapacitated and terminally ill ...

Juvenile In Justice

Alan Moore | Posted 11.29.2012 | Impact
Alan Moore

Bring me more children Juvenile courts in the U.S. annually process an estimated 1.7 million cases of youth charged with a delinquency offense -- app...

The Politics of Fear in America: A Nation at War With Itself

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The only thing which will improve our present condition is the taming of our fear. We must act on courage. Courage to think differently, speak loudly, and challenge directly the systems which we know to be unjust.

Meet the Industry That Makes the Koch Brothers Look Poor (VIDEO)

Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava

The United States is paying top dollar for an incarceration system that's unfair and doesn't work. Fortunately, there are alternative approaches to public safety.

The State of Aging: Prisoners and Compassionate Release Programs

Tina Maschi | Posted 10.23.2012 | Crime
Tina Maschi

With some 246,000 men and women over 50 in America's overly stretched prison system, should we as a society consider releasing the fragile, the ill, and the dying among these prisoners?

Using Supportive Housing to Help Solve the Prison Problem

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.13.2012 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections saw the problem and built a supportive housing program for the men and women coming out of Ohio's prisons that would help keep them housed, healthy and stable.

In Our Toxic Prison System, Is There Room for Hope?

David Chura | Posted 09.04.2012 | Crime
David Chura

I didn't expect my talk to a class of criminal justice majors at a local community college to be any different from the other workshops, presentations and classes I'd done.

No Violence Is Acceptable -- In a Prison or in a Locker Room

Bob Cowser | Posted 08.25.2012 | Crime
Bob Cowser

Reilly's implication that we want prisoners to continue to mete out street justice while locked up sends a mixed message of the worst kind. Let's not set these men up for failure by implying that violence is acceptable, expected, and that they're good for nothing else.

Why Are Prisons More of a Priority than Schools?

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 08.20.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

No 10 year-old in this nation should feel as though they are more likely to live a life in prison than a life filled with possibilities that only a high quality education can bring.

No More Prisons, No More Closets

Toshio Meronek | Posted 08.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Toshio Meronek

Supporting trans and queer prisoners is a crucial way we can continue the legacy of liberation-minded people like Angela Davis and Sylvia Rivera. We need to work toward a world where no one has to come out once, and definitely not twice.