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Prison dispatch: Penitence, forgiveness, and the formerly incarcerated | The Informant

Prison dispatch: Penitence, forgiveness, and the formerly incarcerated | The Informant | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"I have long noted the hypocrisy inherent in this treatment of our fellow citizens, considering that our society was formed on, and a large portion claim to assert, Christian virtues."

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Racial Critiques of Mass Incarceration: Beyond the New Jim Crow by James Forman Jr.

Racial Critiques of Mass Incarceration: Beyond the New Jim Crow by James Forman  Jr. | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Mass incarceration’s racial dimensions have led an emerging group of scholars to call the American criminal justice system a new form of Jim Crow. This Article examines the New Jim Crow analogy. I begin by pointing out that the analogy is extraordinarily compelling in some respects — for example, the analogy effectively draws attention to the injustices created by a facially race-neutral system that severely ostracizes offenders and stigmatizes young, poor black men as criminals.

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Extraordinary interview: In love with tortured man, Compassion for 1000s others

Extraordinary interview: In love with tortured man, Compassion for 1000s others | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Indefinite imprisonment, torture, terror inside California prisons through eyes of woman of courage  When Kendra Castaneda’s beloved faced torture in...
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Texas Officials Seeking Room for Mentally Ill Inmates

Texas Officials Seeking Room for Mentally Ill Inmates | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
A judge's expected ruling forcing the state to find room to treat mentally ill inmates is sending officials in search of space at already-full mental hospitals. ...
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Prison Culture » Eldridge Cleaver’s Rationale for Prison Abolition…

Prison Culture » Eldridge Cleaver’s Rationale for Prison Abolition… | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

“When you focus on the adult penitentiaries, you’re looking at the end of the line, trying to see where a process begins. But if you really want to understand and see what’s behind the prison system, you have to look at Juvenile Hall." 

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NYPD Officer Admits To Falsely Arresting Innocent Black Man

NYPD Officer Admits To Falsely Arresting Innocent Black Man | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

NYPD officer, Michael Daragjati, 32, "pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to misusing his authority as a police officer to intentionally violate a [Black] man’s civil rights," reports the New York Post. via @StCyrlyMe2

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Poverty In America: A Special Report

Poverty In America: A Special Report | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"America is fundamentally changing. We were a nation that had the largest middle class in the history of the globe, but now we are becoming a nation that is deeply divided between the haves and the have nots." via @UsaSlumdog

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Active duty cop: ‘The war on drugs is a war on people’ | The Raw Story

Active duty cop: ‘The war on drugs is a war on people’ | The Raw Story | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

“I did not get in law enforcement to destroy a person’s future because that person had marijuana or a pill in their pocket,” the officer explained. “Why would you want to destroy that person’s future and cause them great harm because of that? It’s not worth it.”

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President Obama Signs Bill Reducing Cocaine Sentencing Disparity

President Obama Signs Bill Reducing Cocaine Sentencing Disparity | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON – President Obama today signed an historic piece of legislation that narrows the crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity from 100:1 to 18:1 and for the first time eliminates the mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack cocaine." ~ via @MrJueseppi

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'Policing Chicago Schools': Report Suggests In-School Officers Put Teens On Road To Prison

'Policing Chicago Schools': Report Suggests In-School Officers Put Teens On Road To Prison | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
CHICAGO -- As Chicago Public Schools have become increasingly dependent on the police department to control student behavior on school grounds, a disproportionately high number of black juveniles are being thrust into the criminal justice system...
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Sadism in the Cell: Thanks to a Vindictive Prison System, Abu-Jamal is Still in 'The Hole' | This Can't Be Happening

Sadism in the Cell: Thanks to a Vindictive Prison System, Abu-Jamal is Still in 'The Hole' | This Can't Be Happening | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal argue that his current time in the hole is a form of retaliation for his being a longtime political activist. In his recent article, “Sadism in the Cell: Thanks to a Vindictive Prison System, Abu-Jamal is Still in ‘The Hole,’” Linn Washington Jr. contextualizes recent events by documenting a long history of repression, ultimately arguing that “while Abu-Jamal detractors indignantly dismiss all claims of his being a political prisoner, his post-arrest ordeals provide a compelling case of a person specifically targeted by authorities for who he is politically more than for the crime he is supposedly serving time for.”

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The Sentencing Project News - New Report Examines Private Prisons in America

Private prisons held over 128,000 prisoners in 2010, representing an 80 percent increase since 1999. This growth has been built on the claim that private prisons can operate at a lower cost than publicly operated facilities, while still providing the same levels of service. Private prison companies have failed to fulfill this promise, according to the new report, Too Good to be True: Private Prisons in America.

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Yvette Carnell: Justice Clarence Thomas Doesn’t Care If Your Attorney Runs Out on You

Yvette Carnell: Justice Clarence Thomas Doesn’t Care If Your Attorney Runs Out on You | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Justices Thomas and Scalia dissent on 7-2 Supreme Court ruling granting appeal to Alabama death row inmate Cory Maples.

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WHO WE ARE | All Of Us Or None

WHO WE ARE | All Of Us Or None | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"All of Us Or None is a national organizing initiative of prisoners, former prisoners and felons, to combat the many forms of discrimination that we face as the result of felony convictions. After serving time in torturous conditions, we were met at the gate with prejudice and discrimination that made our re-entry into society difficult and in some cases impossible. Many of us recognize that our prison sentence never ends as long as the discrimination against us continues."

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We Demand the Right to Vote: The Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People's Movement Counters Voter Suppression

We Demand the Right to Vote: The Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People's Movement Counters Voter Suppression | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"Its goal is to organize a national movement to restore formerly incarcerated people's civil rights, halt prison expansion, demand an end to mass incarceration, eliminate prison abuses, and protect the dignity of family members and their communities."

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Prison Cookbook: Female Texas Inmates Release 'From The Big House To Your House'

Prison Cookbook: Female Texas Inmates Release 'From The Big House To Your House' | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
GATESVILLE, Texas -- These women may not have an oven, refrigerator, stove, knife, or even the ability to boil water, but they do have plenty of time on their hands. Decades, in fact.
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Eugene Jarecki On His Drug War Documentary 'The House I Live In'

Eugene Jarecki On His Drug War Documentary 'The House I Live In' | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"Jarecki begins with a personal story. Troubled by the contrast between his own middle-class Jewish family's rising fortunes and the tragedies suffered by the family of their housekeeper, Nannie Jeter, Jarecki begins to search for answers. Nannie blames drugs, but it's not long before Jarecki identifies a more sinister culprit: the drug war"

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6 Reasons Why Students Are Being Arrested in Schools

6 Reasons Why Students Are Being Arrested in Schools | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"For many of these students, the schools they attend have become a place where the pipeline to prison has widened, and the pipeline to higher education has shrunk. Within schools, students are learning the procedures for having handcuffs placed on them, becoming accustomed to the voices of uniformed adults yelling at them, and seeing bars on their classroom windows. When this is happening, it is impossible for the students to be prepared for thinking critically, questioning inequity, and empowering themselves."

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The Militarization of American Police Has Long Historical Roots

The Militarization of American Police Has Long Historical Roots | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"While staffed with people from working-class backgrounds, the police in American society have long served as “protectors of privilege,” as Frank Donner put it in a 1990 book, upholding the power of the wealthy 1% by frequently crushing labor protest, spying on and harassing civil rights and antiwar activists, and enforcing the War on Drugs primarily in ghetto communities."

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“The House I Live In” Documentary Exposes Racism In War On Drugs

“The House I Live In” Documentary Exposes Racism In War On Drugs | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

A new documentary, "The House I Live In" covers the 40 year history of the so-called "War On Drugs."... "The main focus of Jarecki’s film, however, is the iniquities of the legal system in the war on drugs."

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US: Number of Aging Prisoners Soaring | Human Rights Watch

US: Number of Aging Prisoners Soaring | Human Rights Watch | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
(New York) – Aging men and women are the most rapidly growing group in US prisons, and prison officials are hard-pressed to provide them appropriate housing and medical care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
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New study: Texas spends 23 percent more on prisons

"The new report by the Vera Institute of Justice, a New York-based research organization that tracks criminal justice trends, calculates the state’s total costs for its adult corrections and prison programs at $3.3 billion — almost $783 million higher than the $2.5 billion annual budget for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice."

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Eyewitness Identification Has 50% Error Rate? How We Throw People in Prison Based on False ID | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

Eyewitness Identification Has 50% Error Rate? How We Throw People in Prison Based on False ID | Civil Liberties | AlterNet | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
From Sacco and Vanzetti to Troy Davis, witnesses to crime scenes get it wrong too often. So why did the Supreme Court just make it harder to challenge such evidence in court?
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Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America

Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"For most privileged, professional people, the experience of confinement is a mere brush, encountered after a kid’s arrest, say. For a great many poor people in America, particularly poor black men, prison is a destination that braids through an ordinary life, much as high school and college do for rich white ones. More than half of all black men without a high-school diploma go to prison at some time in their lives."

  

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2012/01/30/120130crat_atlarge_gopnik

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Portraits of Invisible Men

Portraits of Invisible Men | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
A photographer’s year at Angola Prison....
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