Robert Greenwald: For the homeboys and homegirls featured in Healing Trauma, abusive childhoods inevitably led to an anger that resulted in their criminal lifestyle that landed them in prison.
The prison population in the United States is larger than any other country. The growth of our prison system is unmatched.
Pseudo reforms like the use of algorithm-based risk assessment tools, electronic monitoring, and onerous systems-driven pretrial release conditions cannot replace a money bail system – because they are, in fact, an extension of it.
David A. Love: Despite the substantial changes, the disparities by race and ethnicity remained, as African Americans and Latinos constituted more than 60% of imprisoned offenders. African American males were incarcerated in state and federal prisons at 6.4 times the rate of non-Hispanic white males, and Hispanic males at 2.4 times the rate of non-Hispanic whites.
Angola 3: Since Clutchette was ultimately acquitted of all charges in the Soledad Brothers case, Professor Bell argues that it is problematic for Governor Brown to use this as his reason for reversing the parole board.
David Love: There is some irony in the fact that a pardoned convicted felon with a history of criminalizing people of color and violating their civil rights now has the opportunity to run for the Senate.
Alex Demyanenko : Chances are you’ve never heard of Susan Burton. Yet her A New Way of Life organization has provided shelter and services to thousands of formerly incarcerated women and their children.
Vivian Rothstein: “They look at you like trash,” said a former detainee who had been a hunger striker at the Adelanto Detention Center.
Common wisdom says that public safety requires the continued incarceration of any person who committed a violent crime, but in this case, common wisdom is wrong.
John M. Eason: The election of Donald Trump signals an end to the recent optimism about reducing the mass imprisonment of two million U.S. citizens each year.
Diana Zuñiga: From 2007-2015, the share of the general fund budget for the California Department of Corrections increased by 154% while funding for schools only decreased.
Michael Rapkin: Congress would rather spend $8 million dollars per year to house each remaining prisoner in Guantanamo rather than spend $78,000 per prisoner at the federal Supermax prison, where no prisoner has ever escaped. Guantanamo is the most expensive prison on earth.
Rosemary Jenkins: The German goal is to help prisoners understand the environment into which they were born, the consequent anger and resentments that grew out of those formidable years.
RJ Eskow: This victory seemed politically impossible as recently as last year. What changed? Like many such victories, it began with consciousness.