RJ Eskow: This victory seemed politically impossible as recently as last year. What changed? Like many such victories, it began with consciousness.
The prison population in the United States is larger than any other country. The growth of our prison system is unmatched.
Paul Haeder: For every disaster in a family, in an individual’s life, there are entire industries set to capitalize on this. Ambulance chasing in a sense.
Maya Evans: When we walked the predominantly Black area of West Chicago people immediately understood the purpose of our walk and the placard messages such as “Education not Incarceration”, children cheered, some folks stopped us to say they agreed or to thank us.
Enaya Hanbali: But before building a new jail, our communities need to work on jail reform, addressing inequality issues, treatment of prisoners, and jail overcrowding.
Nell Bernstein: Advocates who fought fervently to pass Prop. 47 are facing what may be an even bigger battle: getting the state to cough up the money that voters agreed should go to communities affected by incarceration.
Buddy Bell: The word “administrative” is a euphemism for a facility which consists entirely of isolation cells, in this case 1,900 of them, according to the watchdog organization Solitary Watch.
Kathy Kelly: Prison laborers from U.S. minimum security prisons now labor to turn what once was an Illinois state prison into a federal supermax detention facility with 1900 cells that will confine prisoners for 23 hours of every day.
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.
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. 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,alone and often isolated, Ahjah found […]