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Senators Demand Humane Treatment for Women in Prison

The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, introduced by Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, would protect the federal prison system’s most vulnerable and fastest-growing group.

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‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’

This repost of a 2015 column tells the story of Boris Franklin, who was caught up in a system that destroys millions of Americans, often people of color. He is now a free man and studying at Rutgers.

Posted on Jun 25, 2017 READ MORE


America’s Incarceration Crisis: Are We Doomed to Repeat the Same Failed Policies? (Transcript Added)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and law professor James Forman Jr. (pictured) discuss the mass incarceration of black men and the issue of drug decriminalization. [Transcript added.]

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Is Unfit to Be Attorney General

In the few short weeks since his confirmation, Sessions has come forth with a number of loathsome actions or statements on race, ethnicity or minority rights. And he’s probably just getting started.

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Plan Would Separate Immigrant Children From Their Parents

The Department of Homeland Security has identified 20,000 beds for the detention of asylum-seekers—“a 500 percent increase from current capacity,” according to MSNBC.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE



Immigrant Detainees Subjected to Forced Labor in Private Prisons, Lawsuit Claims

The class-action suit also alleges Immigration and Customs Enforcement played a part in violating anti-slavery laws.

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‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ Creator on Using Art as a Wake-Up Call

Playwright Bryonn Bain, who turned his own harrowing experiences into a one-man dramatic production, joins director Gina Belafonte for a Truthdig interview.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE



Part 3: Who Decides What Justice Is?

The author ponders this question as she serves time for an old drunken-driving arrest and fines she failed to finish paying. This is the third of a three-part story in Truthdig’s “Violence Against Women” series.

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Part 2: Behind Bars, Day to Day

Because she lacks all power, the author focuses on simple things: meals, showers, access to shampoo. This is the second of a three-part story in Truthdig’s “Violence Against Women” series.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE



Part 1: Paying for an Old Mistake

A drunken-driving arrest comes back to haunt the author, who spends six weeks in jail as a result. This three-part story is part of Truthdig’s “Violence Against Women” series.

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ Signals Beginning of a Mass Awakening for Black America

The 2016 documentary has given a voice to African-Americans, who now have more tools to fight for truth, justice and freedom from oppression.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE



Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America

An unwavering noncooperation with the systems of corporate control is essential. We must not be seduced into trusting the power elites, including the Democratic Party.

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Private Prisons Expect Surging Profits During the Trump Administration

People invested in the prison industry are set to get even richer off the mass incarceration of minority and low-income people when Donald Trump and the tough-on-crime nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, take control of the federal justice system.

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How Power Works

Historian Heather Ann Thompson’s book on the 1971 Attica prison uprising details the government’s brutality, lies and propaganda, demonization of the poor, obstruction of justice and silencing of those who tried to tell the truth. She exposes the American blueprint for social control.

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Gary Tyler on Maintaining Hope and Compassion in the U.S. Prison System

At age 16, Gary Tyler was wrongly sent to death row, where he spent 41 years until being freed in April. The Truthdig team spoke with him about the prison system, the death penalty and maintaining hope throughout the decades.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Experience ‘RIKERS,’ Face to Face

For the first time in an extended documentary, former detainees at Rikers Island talk directly into the camera about their experience in New York City’s largest and most notorious jail.

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The New Slave Revolt

The work stoppages and hunger strikes being carried out in prisons across the country show that many of those locked in cages have a political consciousness we must begin to emulate.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE



Live at Truthdig: What Can Be Done to Reform the U.S. Prison System?

At age 16, Gary Tyler was wrongly sent to death row, where he spent 41 years until being freed in April. The Truthdig team will talk with him Thursday at 1 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT.

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ and ‘13th’ School Their Viewers on America’s Racial Legacy

Directors Ava DuVernay and Nate Parker make searingly urgent cases that America’s legacy of slavery and systemic racism is not at all just a relic of the past.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE



Wage Gap Between Black and White Americans Is at a 40-Year High

On average, whites make 26.7 percent more than blacks, earning $25.22 an hour, compared with $18.49 for blacks.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE


Jay Z Slams America’s Failed ‘War on Drugs,’ Racist Mass Incarceration Racket

Today, he notes, “we imprison more people than any other country in the world,” and “crack is still talked about as a black problem.” Coincidence?

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why America’s Crime Victims Seek Restorative Justice, Not More Punishment (Video)

Ask survivors and crime victims what they really want.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



How Can America’s Wealthy Sleep at Night When Some Teens Must Sell Sex or Drugs in Order to Eat?

A harrowing new study sheds light on the extreme measures some American children between ages 13 and 18 are taking in order to feed themselves. The report also calls into question the welfare policies of former President Bill Clinton.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’ With Chris Hedges: Halfway to Freedom With Stanley Cohen

On this week’s episode, the Truthdig columnist discusses the business of privately run halfway houses with the prominent civil rights attorney.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



No Need to Build Donald Trump’s Wall—Its Logic Is Already Being Practiced

A draconian Border Patrol program may not be Trump’s promised structure, but it embodies the logic of his “wall”: Either you crossed illegally or you didn’t. And it is just one of many tough U.S. programs developed in recent decades.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



Privately Operated Prisons Are Less Safe for Prisoners and More Punitive, Justice Department Says

Inmates at contract prisons were nine times more likely to be put on lockdown and in solitary confinement than other prisoners in the federal system.

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Is the Fight to End Mass Incarceration Wasting Away in Washington?

What happened to that bipartisan push toward reform?

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’ With Chris Hedges: The Big Business of Keeping People in Cages

On this week’s episode of RT’s “On Contact,” Hedges discusses mass incarceration with prison reform advocates Walter Fortson and Boris Franklin.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford Recalls When the Clintons Won Over Black America

“The Clintons were not the black favorites in 1992,” he explains.

Posted on Jul 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Barring Prisoners From Voting Undermines Democracy

In most states, people’s firsthand experience of the criminal justice system can’t be part of the political debate on how to reform it.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



More Than 10.35 Million People Are in Prison Around the World

A World Prison Brief study released earlier this year found that the number of people held in detention centers worldwide may exceed 11 million.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



Dying in Prison

Inmates on their deathbeds should be free to spend their final days with their loved ones.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Protester Demands Hillary Clinton Account for 1990s ‘Superpredator’ Remark

A courageous Black Lives Matter activist named Ashley Williams interrupted a private fundraiser by Hillary Clinton in Charleston, S.C., to ask why the Democratic presidential candidate called black children “superpredators” in a speech she gave during her husband’s presidential administration.

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Legal Scholar Michelle Alexander Explains Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

“It seems that we—black people—are her winning card,” writes Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow,” at The Nation. “And it seems we’re eager to get played. Again.”

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders: ‘It’s Time to Put an End to Private Prisons’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called on Americans to help him undo the laws that let private interests profit off the mass incarceration of Americans and migrants.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE



Report: Shift in Sentencing Guidelines Will Mean Freedom for 6,000 U.S. Inmates

In a move that will hopefully lead to further concrete steps to target America’s mass incarceration problem, the U.S. Justice Department is getting ready to release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE



State Terror Against People of Color

Mothers of young men murdered by police in Orange County, Calif., testify to the systematic destruction of families and society that such shootings cause. And by extension they indict the capitalist evil that consciously holds the poor like animals in squalid pens.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



Will Joe Run?

The question Vice President Joe Biden and his strategists are currently considering is this: Should he run?

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE



Columbia Becomes the First Major University to Divest From For-Profit Prison Companies

Though it’s questionable why Columbia University decided to buy more than 230,000 shares of the biggest private prison company in the U.S. in the first place, on Monday it announced it not only gave up those shares but that it will no longer invest in such businesses.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Ending Mass Incarceration Now Is Step 10 to Save the Economy

Imprisoning a staggering number of our people is wrong. The way our nation does it is even worse. We must end mass incarceration, now.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE


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