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Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice | Video on TED.com

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 third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

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Arts – Webinars – Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice – Center for Justice & Peacebuilding – Eastern Mennonite University

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How A Mentally Ill Homeless Man Baked in His Rikers Jail Cell | VICE United States

How A Mentally Ill Homeless Man Baked in His Rikers Jail Cell | VICE United States | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
A mentally ill former Marine, “basically baked to death” in his 6-by-10 cinderblock cell in Rikers Island. How urban jails became default mental hospitals.
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The Plot From Solitary

The Plot From Solitary | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Four alleged members of rival gangs launched a hunger strike 30,000 strong from the isolation of their Supermax cells. Was the prison system that corralled them not strong enough, or is solitary confinement an impossible idea?
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To curb conflict, Colorado high school swaps suspension for conversation

To curb conflict, Colorado high school swaps suspension for conversation | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"The same is true with the traditional discipline, where it’s all about punishment, punishment, punishment. It’s not about restoring relationships. It’s not about taking responsibility for your actions. It’s about punishment. And so that no longer fits the society of our future. What fits the society of our future is people coming together on working and solving problems together."

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Humane Exposures's curator insight, March 6, 1:46 PM

Restorative justice style program aiming at an earlier state of the problem. Very interesting. 

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From Jail to Law School: Jim Crow-Era Law Bars Florida Man from Voting, Taking Bar, Serving on Jury

From Jail to Law School: Jim Crow-Era Law Bars Florida Man from Voting, Taking Bar, Serving on Jury | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Branding them "unnecessary and unjust," Attorney General Eric Holder is urging the repeal of state laws that prohibit formerly incarcerated people from voting, a move that would restore the right to vote to nearly six million people. Holder’s call is largely symbolic since the federal government cannot force states to change their voting laws. But civil rights groups and advocates are praising Holder for advancing a critical step in reforming the criminal justice system. We are joined by Desmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. Meade is one of more than 1.3 million citizens in Florida who have lost their right to vote due to prior felony convictions. After overcoming homelessness and addiction, Meade is now finishing up a law degree — but like the right to vote, Florida statutes also stand to prohibit him from taking the bar and being able to practice law.
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Sam Thurman's curator insight, February 22, 3:53 PM

Right to vote should be restored!!

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The City Inside

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"It’s a simple prompt, or so I thought. Describe the city inside of you. What is the weather like in that city? What are the people like in that city? What are you like, in that city? Having served on the Governing Council of Gordon Bernell Charter School inside of Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) I have a fairly nuanced understanding of corrections and incarceration in this country. Enough to know that many of these men at Monroe Correctional Facility where probably not even from Rochester, NY. They’d likely been displaced from their hometowns and families, moved like chattel, but no matter where they go there is a piece of their city inside of them."

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How Restorative Justice Changed This Colorado Cop's Views on Prison

How Restorative Justice Changed This Colorado Cop's Views on Prison | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

The role of justice, as portrayed by Lady Justice's scales, is to bring back balance, to make things right again. Punishment and the warehousing of human beings in prisons destroys vast amounts of human potential. By contrast, restorative justice meets the needs of everyone involved in the most humane ways possible—those who commit crimes and those who suffer from them.

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What Would The USA’s Incarcerated Be If It Were A Nation? | PopularResistance.Org

What Would The USA’s Incarcerated Be If It Were A Nation? | PopularResistance.Org | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"You already know that the United States locks up a higher percentage of its population than any other country in the world. If you look at local, state and federal prison and jail populations, the United States currently incarcerates more than 2.4 million people, a figure that constitutes roughly 25 percent of the total incarcerated population of the entire world.

A population of 2.4 million is a lot – enough, in fact, to fill up a good-sized country. If the incarcerated population of the United States constituted a nation-state, what kind of country would it be?"

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Teen Once Accused of Murder Now Serves as Maryland Task Force Adviser

Teen Once Accused of Murder Now Serves as Maryland Task Force Adviser | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
"I witnessed acts that I think no child should witness." -- Documenting the treatment of juveniles in the Maryland justice system.
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First-Known Prison Narrative by an African-American Writer Discovered at the Beinecke Library | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

First-Known Prison Narrative by an African-American Writer Discovered at the Beinecke Library | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
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DC's Youth Face Solitary Confinement in District Jails and Federal Prisons - Solitary Watch

DC's Youth Face Solitary Confinement in District Jails and Federal Prisons - Solitary Watch | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

Just east of Capitol Hill, on 19th Street between D and E streets, lies a complex of reddish brown concrete buildings. These are the District of Columbia’s jail facilities – the Central Detention Facility (CDF) and The Central Treatment Facility (CTF). Along with some 2,000 adults, these buildings house children under the age of 18 who have been charged as adults.

For Michael Kemp and Alisha Carrington, both of whom were sent to the DC jails at the age of 16, doing time here meant being locked down 23 hours a day, alone, in small, barren cells.  Like many other youth in adult jails, Michael and Alisha were isolated as a form of “protection” against other prisoners.  This was administered in the form of solitary confinement, which Alisha and Michael endured for months.

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Zero-Tolerance Policies in Schools are Often Destructive, Fueling a School to Prison Pipeline

Zero-Tolerance Policies in Schools are Often Destructive, Fueling a School to Prison Pipeline | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
States are realizing that when it comes to student behavior, positive reinforcement may deliver better results than punitive measures.
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Boxed In: How a Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life | The Nation

Boxed In: How a Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life | The Nation | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
When a youthful brush with the law means being shut out of the workforce forever.
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Renata Hill's comment, January 22, 4:50 PM
<psst> You have this same article posted twice.
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PRX » Series » Prison Poetry Workshop

PRX » Series » Prison Poetry Workshop | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

Sending radio waves through prison walls we reach an audience with content that may change their life. The Prison Poetry Workshop is the only national radio series linking prisoners to the outside world through the power of poetry. Each program has an interactive writing exercise lead by a nationally renowned poet that invites all listeners to submit a poem to the Prison Poetry Workshop.

Sit in any prison classroom or recreation room and ask: How many writers are in the room? How many people are writing rhymes or poems? Carefully-folded pieces of paper come out of pockets – words written in tightly stylized hand-writing. As we listen to these poems we realize they hold a deep significance to our understanding of American culture and its tradition of democratic arts.

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Renata Hill's comment, April 11, 12:51 PM
Just found a website that I think will interest you: http://www.psfk.com/2013/10/youtube-skip-ad-ex-cons.html#!DC93g . Best wishes on the continued success of Humaninzing Justice.
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A Massive Prison Mural Made With Sheets, Hair Gel, and Plastic Spoons

A Massive Prison Mural Made With Sheets, Hair Gel, and Plastic Spoons | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

“Artwork facilitated conversation. And it humanized me to some of the guards. They saw me not as an inmate but as a person.”

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Incarcerated Women and the Transformational Power of Poetry

Incarcerated Women and the Transformational Power of Poetry | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

in a naked state
the women who name
those women have to be contained
those women who disclose, expose
those who show, too eager to show
show scars, who hurting
hurt others
take them, scapegoat,
away

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Humane Exposures's curator insight, March 6, 1:38 PM

Once more we see the beneficial powers of art. 

Humane Exposures's curator insight, March 24, 10:33 AM

Art is important, especially for those who currently have little else. 

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Workshop with Judith Tannenbaum by nationinside on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds

Judith has taught poetry in prisons across the United States and intensively at San Quentin and other California prisons through Arts-in-Corrections. We asked Judith to do a writing workshop for us. Prison Poetry Workshop has asked poets from across the country to record a special workshop for our listeners. Feel free to play this series for incarcerated, or formerly incarcerated youth and adults and ask them to write their own poetry in response and send them to us.

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Disorderly Conduct | Charles Eisenstein

Disorderly Conduct | Charles Eisenstein | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"A justice system that were healing rather than punitive in nature would focus not on the principle of obeying the rules, but on providing the opportunity for contrition for the actual crime itself. This is contrary to the mentality of punishment, which is, “I will make you be sorry”: instead it holds that given the opportunity, remorse will arise naturally. That implies a trust in other human beings that is the essence of valuing their dignity, and it would turn the established order upside-down."
 


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The school-to-prison pipeline: By the numbers | Al Jazeera America

The school-to-prison pipeline: By the numbers | Al Jazeera America | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Some call it one of the greatest civil rights challenges today, and it’s found across the country
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The New Wave of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

The New Wave of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
We must address the shocking racial disparities in who gets disciplined at school and how.
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I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System

I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
A former prosecutor fights the law and lets it win.
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Michelle Alexander: Locked Out of the American Dream | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Michelle Alexander: Locked Out of the American Dream | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander tells Bill about an emerging movement that aims to end mass incarceration and its impact on America.
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One Man’s Campaign to Stop the Revolving Door in Washington’s Prisons

One Man’s Campaign to Stop the Revolving Door in Washington’s Prisons | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"“The public is egregiously ignorant of who prisoners are,” says Kohn. He is grandly contemptuous of the nation’s criminal-justice system, which today supervises an incarcerated population of 3.3 million people—a number that has quintupled since 1970, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

 

“They think they are all malicious people. But they [prisoners] have had their humanity denied,” Kohn declares, his voice hot as Tabasco."

 

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The Play’s the Thing: Chris Hedges

The Play’s the Thing: Chris Hedges | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Maximum-security prisoners in my classroom wrote a visceral and raw drama about life on the streets and inside prison. The bitter truth they told is their song. And now it is my job to make that song heard.
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Ari Kohn's curator insight, December 22, 2013 11:57 AM

Thank you to @Wendy Jason  for the following:


"Maximum-security prisoners in my classroom wrote a visceral and raw drama about life on the streets and inside prison. The bitter truth they told is their song."

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Time to be Afraid in America: The Frightening Pattern of Throwing Police Power at Social Problems

Time to be Afraid in America: The Frightening Pattern of Throwing Police Power at Social Problems | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Policing overkill has entered the DNA of America's social policy.
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Renata Hill's comment, January 22, 4:48 PM
This conundrum reminds me of the way middle-class Anglo parents expect their children's school teachers not to educated them about the "3 Rs," but to raise them into productive adulthood as well.