Donald Cohen: The Kingman riots are focusing renewed attention on the Arizona legislature’s long, cozy relationship with the private prison industry.
The prison population in the United States is larger than any other country. The growth of our prison system is unmatched.
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.
Kathy Kelly: I don’t think he’ll be able to put Kentucky on his agenda, but it’s not outlandish to imagine the Pope visiting a U.S. prison.
David Love: More people behind bars than in the dorms. What could it be about the South that would explain this? Could it be a tradition of slavery, racial violence and Jim Crow segregation, a legacy of criminalizing and dehumanizing people and of just not treating folks very well?
Rosemary Jenkins: Part of Restorative Justice is the genuine effort by the offender to make amends for the crimes perpetrated without asking for forgiveness (which is so gratuitous).
Kathy Kelly: Taking a cue from organizers who have spent years protesting U.S. military bases elsewhere in the Pacific Basin, the activists in Gangjeong hold daily protests.
Kathy Kelly: Constructing prisons and filling prisons with people who posed little or no threat to our security didn’t happen secretively, without our consent. We watched, mesmerized perhaps, and allowed ourselves to become a country with the world’s largest prison system.
Rosemary Jenkins: I don’t think one has to be religious to learn from the “graceful” teachings of the contents of this teaching Bible. What is most important is how efficacious the guidelines are and for how long the results will last.