The MORE Act Is A Step Toward Unraveling The War On Drugs

By Breanna Robinson, Conversations Indy 100. -

For decades, many people have been subjected to criminal prosecution for the possession of marijuana. Some people that are impacted by this end up going to prison with people that have serious [...]

Report: Incarceration Destabilizes Neighborhood Economies

By Hannah Gaskill, Maryland Matters. -

A report released by the Maryland Center for Economic Policy suggests decreasing the state’s prison budget will lead to a healthier economy and increased public safety. The report, released [...]

The Ongoing Incarceration Of California’s Indigenous Peoples

By Morning Star Gali, Black Agenda Report. -

For 25 years, Indigenous rights activists fought for an official UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  — for a document that doesn’t just affirm our individual human rights, but [...]

What 2,392 Incarcerated People Think About #DefundThePolice

By Nicole Lewis, Anna Flagg and Aviva Shen, The Marshall Project. -

How do we fix policing in America? Can it be fixed? Donald Trump has made “law and order” a central message of his campaign, portraying anti–police brutality protesters as dangerous. Joe Biden [...]

Our Unjust System Of Mass Supervision

By Mark Rice, Urban Milwaukee. -

Wisconsin’s disastrous system of mass supervision is at odds with our widely shared values of justice, human dignity and compassion. Detaining people struggling with poverty, housing insecurity, [...]

For Some, Homes And Neighborhoods Are Now Digital Prisons

By Eddie Conway, The Real News. -

Eddie Conway: Welcome to this episode of Rattling The Bars. I’m Eddie Conway, your host, coming to you from Baltimore. Recently, there has been a new book out by two authors that has done [...]

Pressure Mounts To Free Black Girl Imprisoned For Not Doing Homework

By Sarah Cwiek, Michigan Radio. -

Public pressure is mounting to free a 15-year-old Black girl sent to Oakland County juvenile detention for not doing her homework. The girl is known only by her middle name, Grace. She was on [...]

Why And How To Defund The Police

By Jason Kirkpatrick, Counterpunch. -

The vague and easily misinterpreted call to Defund the Police has been spreading quickly across the USA. Some may have a knee-jerk reaction to “just say no” to this call, but polls show a vast [...]

Rethinking Prisons And Public Safety During A Pandemic

By Janai Nelson, Shondaland.com. -

Of all the places one would not want to be during a pandemic, prison presumably ranks above nearly every other. The unsanitary conditions of prisons, jails, and other places of forced [...]

First Known Federal Inmate Dies Of Coronavirus

By C.J. Ciaramella, Reason.com -

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) confirmed late Saturday night that a federal inmate has died from COVID-19—the first known death of an inmate in the federal prison system. Reuters reports that [...]

Elected Prosecutors Call For Dramatic Reduction In Prison Populations

By Staff, Fairandjustprosecution.org -

COVID-19 has the world on high alert. In recognition that the coronavirus is spreading quickly among high concentrations of people in close proximity, schools are being shut down, conferences [...]

You Can Be Free To Vote, Even Behind Bars

By Kenyetta Rich, Otherwords.org -

Birmingham, Alabama is a landmark city for the American civil rights movement. Even today, it’s ground zero for a vital fight over voting rights. I visited Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham [...]

What Are The Political Views Of People Who Are Incarcerated?

By Nicole Lewis, Aviva Shen and Anna Flagg, Themarshallproject.org -

Asimple question at a Bernie Sanders town hall last spring sparked a debate new to prime time: Should incarcerated people be allowed to vote? Sanders said yes—his home state of Vermont (and its [...]

Progressive Prosecutors, Police Accountability, And Decarceration

By Mark Manning, Towardfreedom.org -

In 2014, St. Louis County experienced periods of heightened social protests following the highly publicized shooting of Michael Brown by then-police officer Darren Wilson. According to the New [...]

Senate Panel Briefed On Disparity In Incarceration

By Hannah Gaskill, Marylandmatters.org -

Maryland has the highest incarceration rate in the nation of black men aged 18 to 24, according to a November report issued by the Justice Policy Institute. The second highest incarceration rate [...]