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Tag: Prison Reform


Shaka Senghor: Out of ‘the Hole’ and Into the Light

After 19 years behind bars, including seven in solitary confinement, the best-selling author works for criminal justice reform—and for those he left behind.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Ohio Proves It: Rehabilitation Works

And there’s something in it for everybody—safer streets, children with a second chance in life and even lower taxes.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE


Salon With Robert Scheer: John Kiriakou Challenges the American Injustice System

Kiriakou opposes torture and went to prison for exposing it. Now he is working to reform the American security state. The former CIA officer explains how to Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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



When a Dream Becomes Someone Else’s Nightmare: Clarence Moses-EL’s 28 Years Behind Bars

It was all because of the dream of a neighbor woman who had been raped.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on Corporate Control, Faux Liberals and Hillary Clinton

“All you gotta do in politics is say the right thing, even though your whole record is contrary, and you’re on your way,” Nader says.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



California Prisoners’ Strike a Win Against Solitary Confinement

They call themselves the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor Collective. From within their small, windowless cells, they began talking, organizing.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Calls for Overhaul of Criminal Justice System

On Tuesday, fresh off the news of a successful nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama turned his attention to another fraught issue, this one on the domestic front.

Posted on Jul 14, 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



Across the Nation, States Charge Inmates for Prison Costs

The fees incurred aren’t just for the major expenses, but also for clothing, blankets, toilet paper and towels. One study found that many former inmates ended up dealing with collections agencies or even back in lockup for failure to pay the debts.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Kalief Browder, Albert Woodfox and the Torture of Solitary Confinement

Twelve days after his 22nd birthday, Kalief Browder wrapped an air-conditioner power cord around his neck and hanged himself.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE



Alcatraz: A Prison as Disneyland

The Alcatraz tourism site is the equivalent of using one of Stalin’s gulags as a prison-themed amusement park. It is a vehicle for peddling delusional myths about mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE



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It’s A Start: Obama Commutes Harsh Drug Sentences for Eight Convicts

In the latest scale back of the nation’s war on drugs, the president has ordered the release of eight people serving from 15 years to life sentences for crack cocaine crimes that no longer would qualify for such harsh punishment.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Shame of America’s Gulag

U.S. prisons are the engines of a system of neo-slavery in which corporations feed on the bodies of people of color. Reform is unlikely in the face of enormous profits.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 READ MORE


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