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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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Eight Charts That Show How the Justice System Is Stacked Against Black Americans

Eight Charts That Show How the Justice System Is Stacked Against Black Americans | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"In the year since Michael Brown was killed, Americans have focused their attention on the harsh treatment of black Americans at the hands of police. A shocking number have been killed in encounters with police, in the year since Ferguson and in the years before. Thousands more have suffered subtler forms of discrimination in the criminal justice system, where social science research shows striking racial disparities at nearly every level—from arrest rates, to bail amounts, to sentence lengths, to probation hearing outcomes. We combed a vast body of research to find the clearest indicators of racial disparities at different phases of the justice process. The eight charts below offer a grim portrait of what it’s like to be a black American in our nation’s justice system."

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Should We Jail Killer Cops?

Should We Jail Killer Cops? | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"If your concept of ‘justice' means convictions for cops, then you should be very concerned because this current system as designed is likely not to deliver. If your concept of ‘justice' means prison time for cops, then you should be despondent because this system as currently constituted almost NEVER delivers that. If your concept of ‘justice' means Black people being able to live our lives free from state violence, then today is not a day of celebration." - Maraime Kaba @PrisonCulture

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How 'Makes Me Wanna Holler' Helped Get This Man Out of Prison

How 'Makes Me Wanna Holler' Helped Get This Man Out of Prison | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
The seeds of change were planted, but it would take years for them to grow. In federal prison, there was so much violence and negativity around me, I went back to my old ways. Free Minds never gave up on me though, sending me books, letters, birthday...
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I teach philosophy at Columbia. But some of my best students are inmates.

I teach philosophy at Columbia. But some of my best students are inmates. | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
What I learned teaching the "Oresteia" in prison.
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MacArthur Launches $75M Initiative to Reduce America's Use of Jails — MacArthur Foundation

MacArthur Launches $75M Initiative to Reduce America's Use of Jails — MacArthur Foundation | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
The Challenge will support jurisdictions across the country working to safely reduce over-reliance on jails, with a particular focus on addressing disproportionate impact on low-income individuals and communities of color. Core to the initiative is a competition through which the Foundation will fund up to 20 jurisdictions to design and implement plans for creating fairer, more effective local justice systems using innovative, collaborative, and evidence-based solutions.
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SHADOW PRISONS: The second-class prisons you've never heard of

SHADOW PRISONS: The second-class prisons you've never heard of | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
A private and profitable corner of the prison system explodes after a long-ignored offense is prosecuted
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This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now

This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
To move toward a reconciled America, we have to do the work ourselves. Reconciliation is an ongoing and collective process. We must roll up our sleeves and do the messy, challenging, but hopeful work of creating transformed relationships and structures leading us into new futures.
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The U.S. has more jails than colleges. Here’s a map of where those prisoners live.

The U.S. has more jails than colleges. Here’s a map of where those prisoners live. | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
In many parts of America, particularly the South, there are more people living in prisons than on college campuses.
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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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Here's Kalief Browder's Heartbreaking Research Paper On Solitary Confinement

Here's Kalief Browder's Heartbreaking Research Paper On Solitary Confinement | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
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Bringing Mothers In Prison Closer To Their Children, Through Music

Bringing Mothers In Prison Closer To Their Children, Through Music | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Mothers in prison rarely get a chance to see or touch their children — or sing them a lullaby. A group of professional musicians is helping female inmates in New York City to create those connections.
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The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden Prison

The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden Prison | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
The goal of the Norwegian penal system is to get inmates out of it.
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Paul Rucker: A 'PROLIFERATION' Of Imprisoned Lives

Paul Rucker: A 'PROLIFERATION' Of Imprisoned Lives | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
By Mohamed Keita
Paul Rucker's "PROLIFERATION" is an attempt at deconstructing the abstraction of US prison figures into a meaningful and emotional experience. In his immersive sound and video ins...
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Seven Ways to Support People in Prison

Seven Ways to Support People in Prison | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
What are some ways to support people behind bars if you're not near any existing organizations?
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Stop Punishing People After They Have Been Released From Prison | BillMoyers.com

Stop Punishing People After They Have Been Released From Prison | BillMoyers.com | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Continuing to punish people after they have been punished is not only vindictive but also counterproductive to building safe and healthy communities.
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It’s Not Just the Cops

It’s Not Just the Cops | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Public defenders know that the trouble with our criminal-justice system extends far beyond abusive policing.
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When a Cartoonist Landed in L.A. County Jail, She Drew What She Saw, Using Only a Golf Pencil

When a Cartoonist Landed in L.A. County Jail, She Drew What She Saw, Using Only a Golf Pencil | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
The dreaded squat-and-cough: You have to do it every time you enter the jail. In a room with about 40 other people, you strip naked, lift up your breasts, open your vagina, squat down and cough on command. If nothing falls out, you get up and put on your jail uniform as fast as you can. After the ordeal, they give each person an orange juice and a microwaved burrito. It’s the closest thing you get to compassion in jail.
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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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