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States Lead - Will the Feds Follow?

Megan Quattlebaum | Posted 09.09.2014 | Crime
Megan Quattlebaum

In the criminal justice reform arena, states have taken the lead. From rolling back harsh mandatory minimum sentences to decreasing their prisons' populations states are taking steps to be smart on crime.

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.

This Vet Is Helping Inmates Stay Connected With Their Families After Being Behind Bars Himself

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.23.2014 | Impact

You could call Frederick Hutson an overachiever. After graduating from high school, Huston served honorably as a F-16 Avionics Electrician in the ...

The Ugly Reality Of Solitary Confinement

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

Filmmaker Dan Edge knew he had to make a documentary about solitary confinement after the head of Colorado's prison system was murdered. Edge had g...

Obamacare Might Finally Lower Our Prison Costs

AP | REBECCA BOONE | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

BOISE, Idaho -- BOISE, Idaho (AP) — States can combat rising prison health care costs by expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, o...

Ending Our Incarceration Nation

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Dylan Ratigan

Beyond jobs, food and our vets, few things keep me up more than the disastrous functionality of our prison system. It is, after all, no secret that the U.S. houses 25 percent of the world's inmates, while representing a mere 5 percent of the world's population.

The Truth About Private Prisons

Los Angeles Review Of Books | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business

IN THEORY, PRIVATELY RUN PRISONS are simply another municipal resource that for-profit management companies like the Corrections Corporation of Americ...

Behind Bars Simply For Being Poor

The Christian Science Monitor | Katy Reckdahl | Posted 12.20.2012 | Money

The teenager opened her neighbor's unlocked car, grabbed the iPhone off the armrest and ran home, a few doors away in her downtown neighborhood here. ...

Solitary Confinement: Time to End State-Sponsored Insanity

Sheila R. Rule | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Sheila R. Rule

Like most people in prison, most people in solitary will eventually return to our communities, to our neighborhoods. How we treat them while they are inside will go some way in determining the lives they live among us when they come home.

Is This The Future Of Prisons?

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home

By Karissa Rosenfield (click here for original article) Courtesy of Andreas Tjeldflaat and Greg Knobloch With the guidance of their instruc...

U.S. Incarceration Rate Is a National Disgrace

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 06.13.2012 | Crime
Nake M. Kamrany

U.S. jails are overcrowded. By reallocating budgets to improving living conditions and education, crime rates will fall -- so will the stigma of U.S. incarceration and prosperity will rise.

Why We Can't Incarcerate Our Way Out of Crisis

Wes Moore | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Wes Moore

Innovative programs such as the Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) have long proven that departing from the large, prison-like correctional institutions in favor of smaller, regionally dispersed facilities is quantifiably and qualitatively more effective.

Amnesty International Slams U.S. Solitary Confinement Sentences

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.08.2011 | World

Picture a box measuring roughly 6.5 by 9 feet. Imagine sitting in that box, 23 hours a day, for 40 years. For most, that describes a claustrophobic ...

California Prisons Will Still Churn Out Failure

Michael Santos | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

Prisoners who have worked toward earning meaningful academic credentials, built strong networks of support with law-abiding citizens, and demonstrated their commitment to leading law-abiding lives should expect resistance rather than encouragement.

Congress Passes Historic Legislation to Reduce Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity

Jasmine Tyler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jasmine Tyler

Congress finally addresses a double standard that has caused myriad problems, including perpetuating racial disparities, wasting taxpayer money, and targeting low-level offenders instead of dangerous criminals.

The Devastating Consequences of Prosecutorial Misconduct

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Tim Masters was fifteen years old at the time of his alleged crime, and was not convicted until 12 years later. He languished in prison for almost ten years, and spent half his life trying to prove his innocence.

Drug Czar of My Dreams

Matt Elrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Elrod

A significant reallocation of scarce resources from criminal justice to public health solutions is long overdue, but drug policy is multi-disciplinary and international in scope.