If given the attention it deserves, an important new book entitled "Facing the US Prison Problem 2.3 Million Strong," is certain to make significant contributions to the public discussions of US prison policy.
“It appears that race, geography and youth largely determines who gets the death penalty in Colorado,” wrote a group of NAACP leaders in a letter urging Gov. Hickenlooper to grant clemency. They note that not a single black juror served on the panel that sentenced Dunlap to death.
"Our nation’s prisons, a system rooted in efforts to contain the aspirations to freedom of black people, are overflowing with African Americans. Racial profiling is a daily reality in the neighborhood where I live."
In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a...
The U.S. has the world's highest incarceration rate, with 2.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 100 behind bars. Rising immigration detentions and the disastrous "war on drugs" have helped push inmate numbers to record highs in recent decades.