Sheila Kuehl on Prop 30

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*+-Sheila Kuehl: The approach adopted by this measure is like holding a gun to your head and shouting “Stop me before I hurt somebody!”

Sister Giant: A New Age for Politics

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*+-Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Marianne Williamson, the spiritual activist and best-selling author, plans to bring a new consciousness to politics with the two-day Sister Giant conference she is organizing for November 10 and 11.

Dollars and Detainees: Examining For-Profit Detention – August 15th

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*+-A recent report published by The Sentencing Project, Dollars and Detainees: The Growth of For-Profit Detention, details how harsher immigration enforcement and legislation led to a 59 percent increase in the number of detainees being held by the federal government between 2002 and 2011. It specifically examines how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the […]

Stop and Frisk Policy Not Preventing Crime

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*+-Bruce Reilly: The NYPD is stopping more Black and Latino people than actually live in the city, harassing nearly 700,000 people last year alone.Statistics show that the more you Stop and Frisk, the less crime goes down.

From Behind Bars to Law School

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*+-Bruce Reilly: I came to New Orleans knowing but a few criminal justice activists, legal professionals, and some friends of friends. It was good to have folks who knew I had spent twelve years locked in prison.

Blacks and Obama

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*+-Sharon Kyle: Even though blacks in America are suffering more than most during this economic crisis, they are least likely to complain that the Obama administration policies are not benefiting them.

Prison-Based Gerrymandering

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*+-Sharon Kyle: Prison-based gerrymandering may result in the loss of both federal dollars and political representation for struggling inner-city districts.

Our Fellow Felons

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*+-Hannah Petrie: Even though the rates of drug-dealing and drug-using occurs equally among different races – (think weed here) whites deal to whites, blacks deal to blacks, Hispanics to Hispanics – it’s the people of color who get busted. And once you’re labeled a felon – and denied access to employment, housing, and other rights — your chances of returning to a straight and normal life are extremely low. It is a system designed to keep felons felons.