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From the Civil War to Today: Centuries of Institutional Racism, Explained in Less Than 20 Minutes

In a new video, actor Romany Malco describes the covert black history of the U.S. and the economic factors behind the prison-industrial complex.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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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



Comments of the Week: Everybody Likes a Comeback

This edition features reader feedback about two big comebacks to the site: Chris Hedges, who resumed his weekly column after a summer break, and Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, who paid her second visit to our headquarters for another episode of “Live at Truthdig.”

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Jill Stein on How, and Where, Revolution Can Actually Happen

Green Party candidate Jill Stein sits down with Hedges at a crucial moment in the 2016 election cycle to talk about the many emergencies that the two major-party nominees will be categorically unable to confront, much less solve. 

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fourth of July

The long-imprisoned revolutionary and author, who disdains the current political theater, says the broken, racist American system “has to be torn up, root and branch,” to halt the war waged on the poor by the corporate state.

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The Film ‘In an Ideal World’ Offers a Glimpse Inside Our Broken Prison System

Noel Schwerin spent seven years documenting the lives of a prison warden, a separatist murderer and a former gang member at California’s Soledad Correctional Facility. The resulting film not only looks at the lives of these men but also gives viewers a sense of the enormity of the problems facing the American correctional system.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE



After Seven Long Years, the Question Remains: Who Killed Rafael Solis in a Texas Jail?

His mother, claiming he was beaten to death by jailers, has turned to the media in calling for justice. She has the backing of the Public Justice Foundation, which cites the Solis case and the infamous Sandra Bland death in demanding an investigation of all Texas jails.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Survivors call solitary confinement “living death.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



An Assault on Justice

About a year ago, I finished a 23-month stay in a federal prison for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s torture program. I couldn’t believe some of the things I saw there.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 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.

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Private Prison Lobbyists Are Top Fundraisers for Hillary Clinton

Laws governing crime and incarceration could deliver more inmates and profits to the private prison industry if Clinton is elected president.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Slave Empire

The only way brutality and economic exploitation in prisons can be halted is by attacking the system of neoslavery that defines our prison system. Alabama prisoners are leading a call for work stoppages in an effort to break the U.S. system of mass incarceration.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE



A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Mothers and Babies

Private corporations have crafted a business model based on the imprisonment of families seeking asylum. Is that the real reason the U.S. has reverted to an inhumane policy?

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE



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Ohio Prisoner Experiences ‘Air Hunger’ While Being Put to Death, Attorney Contends

Condemned inmate Dennis McGuire had to undergo “air hunger” before being put to death Thursday, his family and attorney allege.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



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William Stuntz: Crime and Punishment and the Fight Against Racial Injustice

William Stuntz was a socially conservative evangelical Christian whose fight for race allied him across all political systems.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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The Business of Mass Incarceration

The poor, stripped of legal protection, have become fodder for a system of mass incarceration that serves corporate greed rather than justice. Debbie Bourne, a mother of two, is to the prison-industrial complex not a person but a commodity.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Murder Is Our National Sport

The decision to execute William Van Poyck, who in his writings from death row has chronicled our penal system’s depravity, is one more footnote to our perverted belief in the regeneration of society through violence.

Posted on May 12, 2013 READ MORE


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The Age of ‘Crimmigration’

A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center reports that Latinos now constitute the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. federal prison system. The rising arrest and detention levels are driven largely by changes in immigration law that criminalize undocumented immigration, with nearly half of all Latino offenders jailed on immigration-related “crimes.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


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