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Life Without Parole: A Different Death Penalty | The Nation

Life Without Parole: A Different Death Penalty | The Nation | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
If you were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of release, how long would you want to live? Would you want to live at all?   I think about these questions often. My clients, inmates on death row, think about them every day.
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Prison reform, restorative justice, prison arts, and peacebuilding
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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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New York State Inmates Draw Strength from Prison-Themed Hip-Hop Album

New York State Inmates Draw Strength from Prison-Themed Hip-Hop Album | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

Florence says he came up with the idea of the tape as a way to talk to his cousin, who is currently serving a 26-to-life sentence for murder at Auburn Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

 

“I can’t pick up the phone and call him,” Florence said. “I can’t hug him. I can’t look him in the eye and tell him how I feel.” So he started writing “4 Da Mountains” as a way to tell his cousin everything he wanted to say.

 

But when Florence brought the script to his group and they started working on the tracks, the project grew into something for the prison population at large. “We [all] have people we love who are incarcerated,” Florence said.

 

Florence and the other members of Da Cloth are passionate about prison reform—and hope to draw attention to issues such as mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent crimes, the psychological effects of solitary confinement, and the general mistreatment of prisoners.

“My goal right now is to show these conditions,” Florence said. “This is the stuff that gets swept under the rug.”

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Movement Building and Challenging Mass Incarceration | EQUAL VOICE NEWS

Movement Building and Challenging Mass Incarceration | EQUAL VOICE NEWS | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

The irony of mass incarceration is that the ballooning numbers of those locked up, currently more than 2 million, are simultaneously swelling the ranks of the movement that can take it down.

To see the launch pad of such a movement, one need not look any farther then the people waiting in line at your local county courthouse.

- See more at: http://www.equalvoiceforfamilies.org/movement-building-and-challenging-mass-incarceration/#sthash.RS0gqjAT.U03gx6tR.dpuf
Equal Voice News covers news about America's working families, poverty and policy. Topics include: housing, employment, education, immigration and health care. Online newspaper is supported by Marguerite Casey Foundation.
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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, 10:46 AM

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, 12:53 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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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.

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Please make the time to watch, contemplate, share.

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The Forgotten Mothers

The Forgotten Mothers | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

As Mother's Day sentiments begin flooding our social media timelines, with each poster opining that theirs is the greatest mother, we tend to forget how painful this day can be for some: mothers and children who have been separated for various heart-wrenching reasons, including incarceration. Oftentimes, these are mothers who found themselves in relationships where domestic violence proliferated, and - with few options - were forced to make decisions and sacrifices in the face of circumstances many will never know. According to the Correctional Association of New York, the overwhelming majority of women in prison are domestic violence survivors. It is no wonder these mothers frequently go unconsidered, since their collective voice is rarely amplified. Their situations rarely meet the mainstream public eye unless they are brought into another conversation, usually for the purpose of comparison, and often in negligible ways.

 

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The Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People's Movement: The Struggle for Freedom and Transformation Continues

The Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People's Movement: The Struggle for Freedom and Transformation Continues | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
At the forefront of leadership in the struggle to end the US system of mass incarceration stands the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People's Movement (FICPM), a nationwide coalition of formerly incarcerated men and women who are holding forth a radical vision for justice and transformation, and who are putting that vision to work in towns and cities across the nation. This 29-minute radio documentary highlights the voices of nine members of the FICPM steering committee, men and women who have experienced the workings of the US criminal justice system from the inside out, and who have dedicated themselves to the work of building a new and better future, not only for presently and formerly incarcerated people, but for the entire nation.
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REFLECT: Convicts’ Letters to Their Younger Selves | Bokeh

REFLECT: Convicts’ Letters to Their Younger Selves | Bokeh | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
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"As a nation, if we wrote a letter to a younger version of our country reflecting on the politics and societal elements that have resulted in a prison system that incarcerates 2.2 million Americans – would we wish we’d made different choices?"

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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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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, 10:38 AM

Once more we see the beneficial powers of art. 

Humane Exposures's curator insight, March 24, 7:33 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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