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Designer Prisons | Audacious Ideas

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If the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, then all your problems look like nails.

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Prison reform, restorative justice, prison arts, and peacebuilding
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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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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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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

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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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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