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.
The prison population in the United States is larger than any other country. The growth of our prison system is unmatched.
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
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.”
Jessica Farris: Californians have a historic opportunity to bring about needed and long-overdue criminal justice reform by voting Yes on Proposition 47.
Sarah Rothbard: The way Americans talk about prisons has shifted. The nation’s policies have yet to catch up.
Jonathan Simon: We may disagree on who belongs and who does not belong in prison, or on how long prison sentences should be, or what goals those sentences should be meted out to accomplish.
Angola3News: To further discuss the release of Panthers in the Hole and Amnesty France’s broader support for Albert Woodfox and the Angola 3, we interviewed Nicolas Krameyer, who is head of the Individuals at Risk / Human Rights Defenders Program for Amnesty International France.
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.
Bruce Reilly: After prison we enter a world where we are pariahs. We are distrusted and hated and, at best, tolerated as long as we stay on our side of the street.
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.
Patrisse Cullors-Brignac and Diana Zuñiga: While the Sheriff’s Department must vastly improve the ways it deals with the mentally ill in jails, no new facility and no new management is going to make sheriff deputies into therapists.
Bruce Reilly: I filed my first bail motion and memorandum when some of my classmates were in kindergarten and have over two decades of experience covering all aspects of the courts and prisons.
Diana Barajas: The conditions of isolation are incompatible with human nature, as social interactions and sensory stimulation are critical to human health and brain function.