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Humanizing Justice
Prison reform, restorative justice, prison arts, and peacebuilding
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Graphic novel: The Box | The Center for Investigative Reporting

Graphic novel: The Box | The Center for Investigative Reporting | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
This graphic novel tells the story of Ismael "Izzy" Nazario and the time he spent as a teen in solitary confinement in New York City's Rikers Island jail.
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Kids on Chicago’s West Side Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Restorative Circles

Kids on Chicago’s West Side Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Restorative Circles | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
For these Chicago students, restorative justice isn’t just about causing less harm to those around us. It’s also about actively creating safety, on their own terms.
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Exposing the Prison Industrial Complex | Groundswell

Exposing the Prison Industrial Complex | Groundswell | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

In the summer of 2014, a team of exceptional young men worked with artists Esteban del Valle and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez to research, design, and fabricate a mural in Brownsville, Brooklyn exposing how the United States judicial system has failed young men of color and their communities.

During the course of the project, the youth reflected on how mass incarceration has impacted their lives, their families, and their neighborhoods, with special attention paid to Brownsville where 1 in 12 residents between the ages of 16 and 24 are incarcerated.

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Imagine a World Without Prisons: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Superheroes, and Prison Abolition | Walidah: the Bad Sista

Imagine a World Without Prisons: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Superheroes, and Prison Abolition | Walidah: the Bad Sista | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"...when we talk about a world without prisons, a world without police violence, a world where everyone has food, clothing, shelter, quality education, a world free of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism – we are talking about a world that doesn’t currently exist.

But being able to envision these worlds equips us with tools to begin making these dreams reality."

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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

Minutes Before Six | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
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

Three Years on Rikers Without Trial | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

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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Mass Incarceration’s Collateral Damage: The Children Left Behind | The Nation

Mass Incarceration’s Collateral Damage: The Children Left Behind | The Nation | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
When a parent is incarcerated, a child’s future becomes collateral damage.
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Policing is a Dirty Job, But Nobody's Gotta Do It: 6 Ideas for a Cop-Free World

Policing is a Dirty Job, But Nobody's Gotta Do It: 6 Ideas for a Cop-Free World | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
As public outrage at police brutality grows, we take a look at a few of the practicable, real-world alternatives to the modern police system.
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If You Thought Stop-And-Frisk Was Bad, You Should Know About Jump-Outs

If You Thought Stop-And-Frisk Was Bad, You Should Know About Jump-Outs | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
The tactic has gotten very little public attention, but it is for many black residents the mark of policing problems in the nation’s capital: militaristic, seemingly arbitrary, and reeking of racial disparity.
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Run4Reentry

Run4Reentry | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
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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Andrew Taylor's curator insight, September 22, 4:57 PM

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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