The central mission of our incarceration system, black rights advocates say, is to facilitate the removal of African-Americans from society.
Davis' inspiring talk at the recent Women of the World festival shows that this civil rights icon is as relevant in today’s fraught world as in the turbulent era from which she sprang decades ago.
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.
The U.S. incarcerates the greatest number of people in the world, and most of them are expected to work inside the prisons that hold them, usually for well below minimum wage.
America’s 21st-century "exceptions" appear as dubious distinctions: gun violence, carbon emissions, mass incarceration, wealth inequality, racial disparities, capital punishment, child poverty and military spending.
Inmates across America die every day because of substandard medical care.
Survivors call solitary confinement “living death.”
Imprisoning a staggering number of our people is wrong. The way our nation does it is even worse. We must end mass incarceration, now.
Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discusses the forms of slavery and exploitation that thrive in today's U.S. prison system with Eddie Conway (at right), a former leader of the Black Panthers who was imprisoned for over 40 years.
The American public only loses when we don't allow felons to try to reintegrate into society.