Texas, America's most prolific practitioner of the death penalty, has launched an extraordinary attack on the international anti-death penalty charity Reprieve, accusing it of intimidating and harassing drug companies and likening the group to violent prison gangs responsible for the eruption of prison riots.
In the “era of colorblindness” there’s a nearly fanatical desire to cling to the myth that we as a nation have “moved beyond” race. Here are a few facts that run counter to that triumphant racial narrative:
According to a survey of professional prison chaplains, America’s state penitentiaries are a bustle of religious activity. Chaplains say that efforts by inmates to convert other inmates are common and that at least some religious switching occurs.
Interacting with the criminal justice system can be confusing and frightening, especially for a prisoner’s child. Unable to understand what’s going on, they may feel great fear, insecurity, anger, or even guilt.
The Night Dad Went to Jail: What to Expect When Someone You Loves Goes to Jail, is an illustrated children’s book intended to make the experience of a parent’s incarceration a little less frightening.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in two homicide cases testing whether it is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a 14-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
For more than ten years now, scholars, activists, educators, juvenile justice personnel and parents have been discussing the so-called School to Prison Pipeline All this discussion has not produced meaningful policy changes that result in the lessening of the flow of youth of color from schools into legal systems.
Probable cause? Zimmerman’s own story and actions are probable cause. He’s not a police officer. Martin didn’t fit the description of some baby-faced serial killer. That’s the problem with Urban Cowboy justice.
If George Zimmerman didn't break every rule in the book when it comes to Neighborhood Watch programs, he came close. Zimmerman called Sanford police on Feb. 26, a rainy Sunday evening, to report a suspicious person inside his neighborhood near Seminole Towne Center. [via @UsaSlumdog]
Today people of color continue to be disproportionately incarcerated, policed, and sentenced to death at significantly higher rates than their white counterparts. Further, racial disparities in the criminal-justice system threaten communities of color—disenfranchising thousands by limiting voting rights and denying equal access to employment, housing, public benefits, and education to millions more. [via @prisonculture]
With the Land of the Free far out of step with the rest of the world, wonder over our criminal justice policies is not uncommon internationally, but nowhere moreso than regarding our treatment of juveniles. We are the only country in the world who condemns juveniles to spend their entire life behind bars for crimes committed as children.
It is unfair to assume that administrators in the criminal justice systems (particularly the police agencies) have overlooked the issue of cultural diversity and moral education.... Then the question we need to ask: Why moral education has not reduced racial profiling and other biased practices by police?
On its website, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice prints every offender's last statement, which contain expressions of love, prayer, apology, defiance, confession, and silence. Taken together, they comprise a heartbreaking snapshot of nearly 300 lives lost.
The family of Ramarley Graham, the unarmed Bronx 18-year-old shot and killed by an NYPD officer in February, says they will hold rallies and marches every Thursday for 18 weeks to demand justice, CBS reports. [via @TeacherC @RyanNewYork]
Just as slavery, Jim Crow and today’s focus on mass incarceration operates within the context of a system of institutions, policies and laws that function in concert to subordinate and disenfranchise a select group of folk defined mostly on race. [via @UsaSlumdog]
Study finds juvenile offenders cope better with families closer to detention ...Killeen Daily HeraldBy Philip Jankowski A recent study about Texas juveniles in a state detention center showed the youths responded better when they were closer to...
We must stand up and be heard, demand that we, as a nation, develop a culture of understanding and compassion for all, especially our youth, many of whom grow up in poverty and dysfunction without the support of a healthy, stable family and effective, nurturing educational system. I have seen time and again, young people who were born into abusive circumstances and forced to develop unhealthy survival mechanisms, turn their lives around to become productive members of society. Don't we all deserve that chance? Aren't we all enhanced, our lives made bigger and more meaningful, when we reach out to support those who may need a helping hand in their greatest hour of need?