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"Our Current Investments In Justice System Are Unwise": Criminal Justice Reform Ignores Victims Of Crime. That Makes No Sense

When policymakers think of the people who comprise the victims’ rights movement, young people of color from low-income communities may not be the first group that leaps to mind. 920 more words

African Americans

“Free” Labor: The Law of Prison Labor

This is Part Three of a four-part series. Part One gave a description of a recent prison uprising at Willacy County Corrections Center in south Texas. 1,326 more words

On Labor

Jeffrey Sterling vs. the CIA: An Untold Story of Race and Retribution | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

As early as 2000, Sterling was reaching out toward Capitol Hill about his concerns. He received a positive response from House member Julian Dixon (D-Calif.), a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, who expressed interest in pursuing the matter of racial discrimination at the CIA and contacted the agency about his case, Sterling says. 125 more words

Americas

An Introduction to Mass Incarceration, part 3

This is the 3rd in a series of 5 posts discussing mass incarceration.

Thanks to the complex, multi-faceted nature of mass incarceration, there are many different ways that different groups can be involved with engaging with and working on the issue. 987 more words

“Free” Labor: Past and present forms of prison labor

This is Part Two of a four-part series. Part One gave a description of a recent prison uprising at Willacy County Corrections Center in south Texas. 1,375 more words

On Labor

NYTimes on locking up fewer people

This New York Times op-ed makes a compelling case for shorter sentences and community-based alternatives.

The highlights:

We could cut sentences for violent crimes by half in most instances without significantly undermining deterrence or increasing the threat of repeat offending.

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Alternatives To Incarceration

Book Review—THE PUNISHMENT IMPERATIVE (2014) and DOWN IN THE CHAPEL (2013)

DOWN IN THE CHAPEL: Religious Life in an American Prison. By Joshua Dubler. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. 2013.

THE PUNISHMENT IMPERATIVE: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America, by Todd R. 1,406 more words

Book Reviews