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The Scars of Stop-and-Frisk

The Scars of Stop-and-Frisk | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
The practice of stop-and-frisk has become increasingly controversial, but what is often absent from the debate are the voices of young people affected by such aggressive policing on a daily basis. To better understand the human impact of this practice, we made this film about Tyquan Brehon, a young man who lives in one of the most heavily policed neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
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Run4Reentry

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Re-entry mediation is available pre-release in Maryland prisons. Re-entry mediation decreases recidivism. But to participate in re-entry mediation, family members have to get to the prison. For some, it's a trip they can't afford.
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NY court applies Native American traditions to modern justice | Al Jazeera America

NY court applies Native American traditions to modern justice | Al Jazeera America | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Red Hook is one of several jurisdictions training community leaders in peacemaking
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The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Education

The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Education | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Prison reform activist Max Kenner champions the transformative power of a college degree for inmates nationwide
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Baseball Behind Bars: A Tradition At San Quentin State Prison

Baseball Behind Bars: A Tradition At San Quentin State Prison | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
The San Francisco Giants clinched their spot in the MLB playoffs this week. At San Quentin State Prison in California, another Giants team has already played their championship game. George Lavender travels to San Quentin to tell the story.
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Minnesota Law Provides Birth Doulas for Incarcerated Women - COLORLINES

Minnesota Law Provides Birth Doulas for Incarcerated Women - COLORLINES | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
It’s the first state to provide imprisoned women with this emotional and physical support.
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Opens the door for state funding of support for pregnant women incarcerated in Minnesota. May pose solid support for health equity.

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Windows Without Prison Bars

Windows Without Prison Bars | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
A photographer has asked hundreds of prisoners a straightforward question – if your cell could look out on one scene, what would it be?
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Formerly Incarcerated People Lead Movement to Confront Oppressive ''Justice'' System

Formerly Incarcerated People Lead Movement to Confront Oppressive ''Justice'' System | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
The quest to overturn structural racial and economic injustice in the United States is arguably most powerful in the growing movement to end the racialized system of mass incarceration. Leading the struggle to dismantle the US prison-industrial complex stands the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People's Movement.
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Andrew Taylor's curator insight, September 22, 5:03 PM

Could be very key to watch, an incarcerated peoples led by a coalition of incarcerated people strikes me as an ideal scenario for corrections reform advocates everywhere. Depending on the actions and visibility of this coalition it may play a critical role in shaping corrections reform. Note too that they are formed with reference to Mechelle Alexander's the New Jim Crow, with a strong anti-oppressive message.

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Prison Culture » With Friends Like These… On the ‘Military Occupation’ of Chicago

Prison Culture » With Friends Like These… On the ‘Military Occupation’ of Chicago | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"By constantly referring to some communities as war zones, we trap ourselves into only considering “solutions” that are steeped in a punishment mindset."

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The art of absolute loneliness | Broad Street Review

The art of absolute loneliness | Broad Street Review | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
There are all sorts of ways to reach out to another person.
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When A Parent Goes To Prison, A Child Also Pays A Price

When A Parent Goes To Prison, A Child Also Pays A Price | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
More people are going to prison, and more children are impacted as a result. What effect does that have on kids? The question is rarely researched, but Ifetayo Harvey knows the answer firsthand.
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This Fugitive Life - NYTimes.com

This Fugitive Life - NYTimes.com | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
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"Can we imagine a world in which the police in poor communities act not as an occupying force...but instead as mediators of disputes, people residents can turn to for help and support, without fear of going to prison? If we stretch ourselves even further, can we imagine the police connecting residents to jobs and social services, rather than disconnecting them?"

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Race, Disability and the School-to-Prison Pipeline - COLORLINES

Race, Disability and the School-to-Prison Pipeline - COLORLINES | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
A nascent program in Oakland schools is trying to disentangle the threads that many believe drag black boys out of classrooms and into jails.
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An artist sent prisoners blank postcards -- look at what he got back | Art Beat | PBS NewsHour

An artist sent prisoners blank postcards -- look at what he got back | Art Beat | PBS NewsHour | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

“I would like for [people] to see that just because one is in prison it [doesn't] stop one from being human, have feelings, longings, dreams..."

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Meet The Student Photographers Documenting The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Meet The Student Photographers Documenting The School-To-Prison Pipeline | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

In Washington, D.C.'s public schools, African-American students are almost six times as likely to be suspended or expelled as their white classmates. Students with disabilities are also disciplined at higher rates than their peers.

But a group of local students is hoping to use their artwork to change that.

Students participating in a program with the nonprofit group Critical Exposure contend that disciplinary practices in the District's public schools contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline, which pushes minority and vulnerable students out of school and into the penal system.

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Minutes Before Six

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This site began in the summer of 2007 as a personal attempt at transparency. Having never found a way to be comfortable in my own skin, I allowed the masks I developed as a child to take control. The results were not pretty: I lied to everyone, all of the time, for years. After arriving on Death Row, I began to put the pieces together for this site. Exposing my personal diary in the most open forum ever designed by human beings seemed like the most un-Thomas thing I could imagine, an attempt, I hoped, at re-forging myself, at putting back together all of the pieces. I never had any expectation that anyone would ever stumble across my tiny plot of digital backwater; it was merely the principle that someone might which comprised the core of the challenge. For well over a year I was writing to an audience of precisely no one, and I was fine with that.

Somehow, inexplicably, Minutes Before Six (MB6) began to gain a few readers. True, a significant portion of this early audience only showed up to take pot shots at me. Behind the haters and the trolls, however, were others: decent, genuine people who felt conflicted over the death penalty and the rise of the prison-industrial machine. I didn’t have all of the answers for the questions asked by this group, but l knew that if we met in the center for meaningful dialogue, we would collectively figure some of them out.
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Three Years on Rikers Without Trial

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Jennifer Gonnerman on Kalief Browder, a Bronx teen-ager who was accused of stealing a backpack. He spent over a thousand days awaiting trial.

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Oregon prison tackles solitary confinement with Blue Room experiment

Oregon prison tackles solitary confinement with Blue Room experiment | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Oregon prison officials reached out to an unlikely ally in their search to bring peace to prisoners locked in solitary confinement 23 hours, 20 minutes a day.
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Andrew Taylor's curator insight, September 22, 4:53 PM

Narrative description and highlight of a project exposing super max adult prisoners in the Snake River IMU prison, preliminary results suggest that exposing prisoners to self selected nature picture/video/sound, in the "blue room" may have helped reduce disciplinary infractions.

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Summer Camp In State Prison: A Chance To Bond With Dad

Summer Camp In State Prison: A Chance To Bond With Dad | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
A summer camp program takes boys and girls, ages 8-15, to spend time with their incarcerated dads. The kids camp out nearby and go to the prison during the day to do art projects with their fathers.
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John Oliver Calls Out Our Racist, Broken Prison System & American Apathy

John Oliver Calls Out Our Racist, Broken Prison System & American Apathy | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

On Sunday, John Oliver's main story was a look at the racism and corruption inherent in the American prison system, and our national apathy toward it. And if you think that sounds terribly unfunny, you're right ... Oliver doesn't find it funny either.

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By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things ‘More Right’ - NYTimes.com

By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things ‘More Right’ - NYTimes.com | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
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“Holding you in your humanity — it’s how we hold each other accountable.”

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Nonfiction Book Review: Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein

Nonfiction Book Review: Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
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Prison Reform and Race Equity

Prison Reform and Race Equity | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
A look at mass incarceration & drug policy, the over-representation of people of color in the criminal justice, and the latest efforts in sentencing reform
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Breaking out of prison thinking: Melanie Snyder at TEDxLancaster - YouTube

Melanie Snyder works in the field of criminal justice. She talks about the cost and impact of our rising prison population and the practical new ways to reduce it.

Wendy Jason's insight:

Please make the time to watch, contemplate, share.

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