Susan Burton: Few realize that after someone serves time, California has 4,800 additional penalties for having a criminal record. Most (73%) are lifetime bans, and 58% restrict employment.
The prison population in the United States is larger than any other country. The growth of our prison system is unmatched.
Carolina Saldaña: Like many other political prisoners slated to die in their dungeons, he has what his captors will never have: spiritual strength, dignity, integrity, love for the people, a commitment to revolution—and the ability to read the handwriting on the wall.
Susan Burton: California is the world’s No. 1 jailer of women, who are three times more likely than men to be in prison for low-level, nonviolent offenses. With racial bias playing a significant role in sentencing, the numbers are even higher for black and brown women.
Bruce Reilly: It is the older people, who have spent longer in prison, that are most prepared to start a new life; and we have the lowest rates of continued criminal activity. Yet starting a new life that includes an official job and an official home can literally be impossible for some.
David A. Love: The “tough on crime” approach is a miserable failure, and true reform of the criminal justice system will take a bipartisan effort in which we are smarter about sentencing, reduce barriers for the formerly incarcerated, and increase their job opportunities.
hjah Dixon was a young college student who had a passion for chess and a bright future ahead of her. Still grieving for the loss of her brother who died at the hands of the New York City Police, Ahjah moved to Corsicana, Texas to attend Navarro College. In her new environment, Ahjah found the […]
Donald Cohen: The Kingman riots are focusing renewed attention on the Arizona legislature’s long, cozy relationship with the private prison industry.
Larry Wines: The story of three black men—Albert Woodfox, Robert King, and Herman Wallace—in solitary confinement for decades in a notorious Louisiana prison, will shock you.
Angela M. Chung: Rosemary, a trauma survivor with a history of depression and suicide attempts, was placed in solitary confinement for six weeks before her suicide. She repeatedly asked to see her counselor but was ignored. She hung herself with a bed sheet.
Marsha Chien and Irona Lofton: The exaggerated fears of housing associations should not prevent individuals recently released from prison from returning to a stable home with their families.
Lauren Steiner: Manifest Justice, a ten-day art exhibit and social justice fair that just opened in LA, attempts to make us feel the emotions that inspire us to act.
oo many people believe that if people are in prison, they are as guilty as hell, and, therefore, they deserve any kind of treatment that is dished out! I can understand the lack of sympathy and empathy by so many even though I don’t agree with that kind of mindset or for some, their total […]
Kathy Kelly: I’ve seen flashes of fury, followed by sad resignation, like lightning giving way to rain, in the faces of guards and prison administrators witnessing these scenes occurring on their watch, but as powerless to stop them as to call off those storms the other night.