New Mexico Passes Cannabis Legalization And Expungement Package

By Drug Policy Alliance. -

Santa Fe, NM – With the New Mexico Legislature approving social justice-centered cannabis legalization during the special session today, Emily Kaltenbach, Senior Director for Resident States and [...]

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

By Alexi Jones and Wendy Sawyer, Prison Policy Initiative. -

This month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released two reports with updates on city and county jail populations nationwide: Jail Inmates in 2019 and Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail [...]

Texas County Got Rid Of Cash Bail For Minor Crimes

By Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune. -

Eager to resolve a federal civil rights lawsuit, Texas' most populous county over the past two years has stopped requiring most people accused of low-level crimes from putting up cash to get out [...]

Black Mass Incarceration In The So-Called Free State

By Eddie Conway, The Real News. -

Until recently, the horrifyingly unjust reality of America’s mass incarceration system has not been a central concern in popular political discourse. In the past few years, however, more people [...]

ACLU Pressing Biden To Stick To His Promise Of Decarceration

By Marty Johnson, The Hill. -

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is launching a six-figure ad buy featuring both digital and print spots calling for President Biden to adhere to his campaign promise of decreasing the [...]

Biden’s Order Terminates Federal Private Prison Contracts

By Char Adams, NBC News. -

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed an executive order that will phase out the Department of Justice’s use of private prisons. The action is part of the administration’s effort to address [...]

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 [...]