Cook County Data Shows Reforms Haven’t Stopped The Jailing Of People For Being Poor

By Sharlyn Grace, -

Last fall, the Coalition to End Money Bond organized more than 70 volunteers to monitor the implementation of General Order 18.8A in Cook County’s central bond court. The order aims to ensure [...]

We Don’t Need Mass Incarceration To Keep People Safe

By German Lopez, -

If mass incarceration were an effective way to fight crime, then one would expect to see a strong correlation between higher rates of incarceration and reduced crime. States have been running a [...]

Prisoners Suffer Gross Human Rights Violations. Now They’re Standing & Speaking Up.

By Eleanor Goldfield, -

The message goes on to detail the three main demands via examples such as price gouging prisoners on products like a case of soup that costs $17 in the Canteen as opposed to the roughly $4 it [...]

A New School To Prison Pipeline That Might Surprise You

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By Staff of Educational Alchemy - Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE) is the state’s own prison labor company. A semi-autonomous subdivision of the Department of Public Safety and [...]

America’s Secretive Private Prison Industry To Become Much Less Secret

By Brad Poling, -

By Brad Poling for Occupy - Seventy-five miles southwest of San Antonio, Texas, in the expanse of desert between the U.S./Mexico border and nestled between oil boomtowns of yesteryear, is Dilley, [...]

Stop Using Inmates As Slaves

By Annie McGrew and Angela Hanks, -

By Annie McGrew and Angela Hanks for Talk Poverty - Last week, a Louisiana sheriff gave a press conference railing against a new prisoner release program because it cost him free labor from “some [...]

‘The Justice System In Its Current Form Destroys Families’

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By Staff of Generation Opportunity - A year ago, Weldon Angelos was released from prison after serving nearly 13 years of a 55-year sentence. Today, he’s leading the movement for criminal justice [...]

BLM Partners With Organizations To Halt Jail Expansion

By Kirsten West Savali, -

By Kirsten West Savali for The Root - Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Black Lives Matter co-founder, veteran organizer, artist and freedom fighter, has partnered with more than 30 organizations to launch [...]

Private Prison In New Mexico Demands More Prisoners

By Steven Rosenfeld, -

By Steven Rosenfeld for AlterNet - The nation’s second-largest private prison corporation is holding New Mexico politicians hostage by threatening to close unless the state or federal authorities [...]

Defendants Can’t Be Jailed Just Because They Can’t Afford Bail

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By Staff of Reuters - CHICAGO (Reuters) - Defendants who are not considered dangerous will no longer have to stay in jail if they cannot afford to pay bail while awaiting trial in the Illinois [...]

I Spent 14 Months In Jail Because I Couldn’t Pay Bail

By Lavette Mayes and Matthew McLoughlin, -

By Lavette Mayes and Matthew McLoughlin for Truthout - On any given day, more than 7,000 people are incarcerated at Chicago's Cook County Jail. Stretching over 11 city blocks, Cook County Jail is [...]

National Movement Demanding End Of Monetary Bail

By Sarah Lazare, -

By Sarah Lazare for AlterNet - For the nearly 8,000 people locked up in Cook County jail, and the 2,400 on house arrest, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty effectively does not [...]

Newsletter – Outing The Prison-Industrial Complex

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, -

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. What do you call a system in which private entities partner with law enforcement to spy on peaceful protesters and arrest them, in [...]

Eliminate Profit From Punishment

By Cedric Lawson, -

By Cedric Lawson for Inequality - In July 2010, Marissa Alexander, a young Black woman from Florida, faced the fight of her life only nine days after giving birth to her youngest daughter. Her [...]

Executive Clemency Requested For 25 Deserving Women

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By Staff of The Clemency Report and CAN-DO Foundation - Note from Amy Ralston Povah, President - CAN-DO Foundation: “Thirteen of the original women on the Top 25 are NOW FREE - most due to [...]