Abolishing Prisons
Mass Incarceration

Abolishing Prisons: A Valuable Movement or Just a Dream?

Trump and other political leaders are currently discussing widespread reforms to the US prison system. But there is a growing number of people who want to end mass incarceration and abolish prisons entirely. Much of the opposition to the current prison system stems from the vast over-representation of People of Color. Research by the Sentencing Read More…

Mass Incarceration Prison Race Issues

Cannabis and Criminals: A Modern Look at the ‘War on Drugs’

The War on Drugs was created in the 70’s to criminalize and discriminate against Black people and hippie anti-war cultures of the era. Trump may repeat history. There are the many names for cannabis: Bud Grass Weed Marijuana Smoke Dope Pot Greenery Herb There are just as many strong opinions concerning its use and the role Read More…

Drug Courts - Can we make them more effective?
Mass Incarceration Prison Reforms

Idaho Courts Rehabilitate Returning Felons by Keeping Them OUT of Prisons

The special courts of Idaho target lawbreakers who are at a high risk of reoffending. Once they plead guilty, they are enrolled in one of the state’s special programs, instead of being sentences to prisons.  In Idaho, drug courts are just one of the many problem-solving courts available. Ada County’s Drug Court is one of Read More…

Herman Bell on Prison Visit with His Family
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After 46 Years In Prisons, Should Black Panthers Still Hope For Freedom?

Since 1971, 19 members of the Black Panthers movement have remained in prisons. Convicted of the 1971 murders of two New York City police officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones, Panther members like Anthony Bottom were rounded up and incarcerated. They have remained behind bars for 47 years. The group stood for Black emancipation and they Read More…

A hispanic woman holding a little girl protectively, worried something will come after them and a younger woman in the background.
Mass Incarceration Trump's Migrants & Immigrants US Federal Prison System

Outrageous: Detained Immigrants Prefer Deportation to Living in Hell in US Prisons

A number of illegal immigrants  are being held at the Federal Correctional Institution in Victorville, California. They have expressed a desire for deportation. The immigrants would rather have it rough in their home countries than die in a US prison. According to a lawsuit filed against the government, the immigrants contend they are subjected to Read More…

The illinois Women’s Task Force Initiative seeks to decrease the number of women in the state's prisons.
Mass Incarceration Women in Prisons

Illinois Task Force Established to Reduce Women’s Prison Population

Illinois Department of Corrections has implemented the Women’s Task Force Initiative. The main purpose of the all women-led group is to help reduce the state’s population of women of IDOC prisons. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world. According to the chart below from Statista, the number of US prisoners Read More…

The shot of a housing unit in the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Mass Incarceration Prison Race Issues

Pennsylvania DOC Transfers Thousands While Black Caucus Speaks

Pennsylvania begins transferring thousands of male inmates to new facility, as legislators plan new reform bills for women in prisons in Pennsylvania.   More than 2600 inmates serving their sentences in a Pennsylvania prison are being relocated to a new facility. The former facility has been hosting inmates for the last 89 years. The transfer Read More…

Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of illegal immigrants are housed together.
Mass Incarceration Trump's Migrants & Immigrants US Federal Prison System

Democrats Fight Back Tears After Visiting Prison Housing Illegal Immigrants

A team of congressmen from Oregon visited a federal illegal immigrant prison facility to see the conditions under which immigrant parents are being housed. The four Democrats visited Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution in Oregon expressed dismay at what the Trump administration is doing to distraught immigrants. Worse of all is how the government is separating immigrant parents from Read More…

Offender Monnek Hall, left, spends time with her daughter Ayona Hall, age 13..
Mass Incarceration Women in Prisons

As Women Inmate Population Increases, So Do the Problems on the Inside

The population of women behind bars increases for their non-violent offenses. With 80% of them mothers, there is little support for their kids and families. It’s no secret the United States has a problem with mass incarceration. While we account for only 4.4% of the world’s population, our prison population makes up 23% of the Read More…