Prison Reform

The prison population in the United States is larger than any other country. The growth of our prison system is unmatched.

Prop 47: A Call To Action

Prop 47 Criminal Justice

Frank McAlpin: Our collective movement for racial and social justice cannot let this moment pass by. We must harness the momentum of Prop 47 to push for continued reforms in the criminal justice system not just here in California but across the nation.

From New Orleans to Angola

NOLA to Angola

Bruce Reilly: My ride was for the visitation to keep communities together, but my sweat on the free side of the wall is always for those left behind.

Decriminalize Poverty; End the War on Drugs

End War on Drugs

Tina Dupuy: If you added up all of the per-capita incarceration rates of every other English-speaking country, they’d still have a lower rate than the U.S. We lock up more than Russia. Way more than China. We lead the world in warehousing humans.

Prison for Fun and Profit

for profit prisons

Alex Friedmann: While people might question the notion of a privatized police force that benefits financially when people are arrested, allowing companies to profit when people are imprisoned has become an accepted norm

Filmmakers Put Justice on Trial

Justice on Trial Film Fest

Amy Patton: Founder and organizer of the festival, Susan Burton said the film festival screened documentaries that exposed “grave defects in the American criminal justice system.”

Why “Yes on Prop 47″ Matters

Yes on Prop 47

Jessica Farris: Californians have a historic opportunity to bring about needed and long-overdue criminal justice reform by voting Yes on Proposition 47.

California’s Broken Punishment Paradigm

California Death Penalty Overturned

Jonathan Simon: Judge Carney reviewed California’s system, which has handed out around 900 death sentences but only executed 13 people, and concluded that the system was unconstitutionally arbitrary because no rational basis exists distinguishing those actually executed from many not, and likely never, executed.

Plan Offered for Mental Illness Diversion Program for LA’s Jails

Mental Illness Diversion

Diversion programs direct people with mental illness who have been arrested or are incarcerated for non-violent offenses to effective community-based programs that combine treatment with supportive housing, as well as medication management and employment assistance.

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