Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., only 1 in 10 African-Americans think the U.S. has achieved the goals of the civil rights movement he led.
Fueled in part by the #MeToo movement, state legislatures, corrections officials and the federal government are working to address the issue.
The historian and author of "Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Dismembered Torso” tells Truthdig's editor in chief about tensions between black Americans and the criminal justice system today and in the past. Transcript added.
"Locking people up for using drugs causes tremendous harm," according to a joint assessment by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union.
“It always feels like in America, if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else,” the comedian notes, but “it shouldn’t have to work that way.”
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.
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.