Denis O’Hearn: Todd Ashker is a major mover in the movement for peaceful change in California’s prisons and on its streets.
The Prison Industrial Complex
For-profit prison companies, businesses that supply goods and services to prisons, politicians who benefit by trying to appear "tough on crime", a misdirected "war on drugs" and other forces have merged to create the largest incarcerated population in human history right here in the land of the free - the United States of America. The articles on this page explore this issue.
Mike Males: Black Youth Crime rates have plummeted in the last 20 yrs, a distressing development for powerful interests. You won’t find that in any major-media report.
Dan Bluemel: Modjeski’s husband exercises three hours a day. Since being in isolation, his memory, at 38 years of age, has begun to fail him. It’s the little things that are beginning to slip away, like how to spell simple words.
Kate McCracken: In an era of Realignment where we continue to confine individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety solely based on their financial ability to post bail, we need to urge local practitioners to seek out these available resources.
Diane Lefer: There are angels among us. They understand that men and women who’ve been granted a second chance need something more: They need to be welcomed home.
Tina Dupuy: If the Constitution is good enough justification to protect nutty Uncle Ernie’s arsenal and Glenn Beck subscription, then it should suffice for halting long-term solitary confinement of both enemy combatants and U.S. citizens.
Bruce Reilly: While the California prisoners enter their fourth day of hunger strikes, the people of Guantanamo enter their 40th. Meanwhile, Herman Wallace has spent over forty years in solitary confinement in Louisiana.
Jonathan Simon: In California’s SHU, scores of prisoners have served more than twenty years of such conditions, and hundreds for more than ten.
Selena Teji: Nationally, African Americans are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than their white counterparts, despite using the drug at approximately the same rate.
Dan Bluemel: In 2011, inmates held in long-term solitary confinement in California prisons held two hunger strikes to protest their treatment. Because prison officials have not met the inmates’ demands, another hunger strike is planned for July 8.
Hans Bennett: Since all of Oscar López Rivera’s original co-defendants have since won their release, he is famous in Puerto Rico as the longest held Independentista political prisoner.
Bruce Reilly: Our criminal justice policy in America, particularly the drug prohibition, is akin to our slavery policy of 1859. Most people realize it is anywhere from problematic to catastrophic.
Lizzie Buchen: The bill stigmatizes people who have suffered from mental illness by shackling them with harsher supervision, and unreasonably assumes they will receive better supervision and treatment from the state than from the community.