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Prison reform, restorative justice, prison arts, and peacebuilding
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The New Wave of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

The New Wave of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
We must address the shocking racial disparities in who gets disciplined at school and how.
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I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System

I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
A former prosecutor fights the law and lets it win.
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Michelle Alexander: Locked Out of the American Dream | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Michelle Alexander: Locked Out of the American Dream | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander tells Bill about an emerging movement that aims to end mass incarceration and its impact on America.
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One Man’s Campaign to Stop the Revolving Door in Washington’s Prisons

One Man’s Campaign to Stop the Revolving Door in Washington’s Prisons | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"“The public is egregiously ignorant of who prisoners are,” says Kohn. He is grandly contemptuous of the nation’s criminal-justice system, which today supervises an incarcerated population of 3.3 million people—a number that has quintupled since 1970, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

 

“They think they are all malicious people. But they [prisoners] have had their humanity denied,” Kohn declares, his voice hot as Tabasco."

 

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The Play’s the Thing: Chris Hedges

The Play’s the Thing: Chris Hedges | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Maximum-security prisoners in my classroom wrote a visceral and raw drama about life on the streets and inside prison. The bitter truth they told is their song. And now it is my job to make that song heard.
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Ari Kohn's curator insight, December 22, 2013 11:57 AM

Thank you to @Wendy Jason  for the following:


"Maximum-security prisoners in my classroom wrote a visceral and raw drama about life on the streets and inside prison. The bitter truth they told is their song."

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Time to be Afraid in America: The Frightening Pattern of Throwing Police Power at Social Problems

Time to be Afraid in America: The Frightening Pattern of Throwing Police Power at Social Problems | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Policing overkill has entered the DNA of America's social policy.
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Renata Hill's comment, January 22, 2014 4:48 PM
This conundrum reminds me of the way middle-class Anglo parents expect their children's school teachers not to educated them about the "3 Rs," but to raise them into productive adulthood as well.
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Pardoning Turkeys, Not People? Obama Urged to Reverse Lowest Clemency Rate of Modern Presidency

Pardoning Turkeys, Not People? Obama Urged to Reverse Lowest Clemency Rate of Modern Presidency | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
As President Obama continued a recent tradition of granting a presidential pardon to a pair of turkeys just ahead of Thanksgiving, critics pointed out that he has shown less mercy toward human beings deserving of clemency.
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Can Storytelling Ease the Pain of Incarceration?

Can Storytelling Ease the Pain of Incarceration? | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
A documentary examines the benefits and limits of enriching inmates' lives through prison arts programs. 
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Boxed In: How a Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life | The Nation

Boxed In: How a Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life | The Nation | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
When a youthful brush with the law means being shut out of the workforce forever.
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The Scandal of Racist Marijuana Arrests—and What To Do About It | The Nation

The Scandal of Racist Marijuana Arrests—and What To Do About It | The Nation | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"Why are marijuana arrests so racially skewed? Such dramatic and widespread racial disparities are clearly not the product of personal prejudice or racism on the part of individual police officers. This is not a problem of training or supervision or rogue squads or bad apples. It’s a systemic problem, a form of institutional racism created and administered by people at the highest levels of law enforcement and government."

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Youth Today

Youth Today | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

As deplorable as conditions in state facilities can be, there is a least hope of accountability through political action, governmental oversight and citizen advocacy. The state is ultimately beholden to its citizens, even if the connection is hard to see sometimes. Corporations are under no such constraints, and sending kids to their facilities is not only poor policy, it is putting the weakest among us at the mercy of soulless corporations whose only concern is the bottom line.

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What Would The USA’s Incarcerated Be If It Were A Nation? | PopularResistance.Org

What Would The USA’s Incarcerated Be If It Were A Nation? | PopularResistance.Org | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

"You already know that the United States locks up a higher percentage of its population than any other country in the world. If you look at local, state and federal prison and jail populations, the United States currently incarcerates more than 2.4 million people, a figure that constitutes roughly 25 percent of the total incarcerated population of the entire world.

A population of 2.4 million is a lot – enough, in fact, to fill up a good-sized country. If the incarcerated population of the United States constituted a nation-state, what kind of country would it be?"

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Teen Once Accused of Murder Now Serves as Maryland Task Force Adviser

Teen Once Accused of Murder Now Serves as Maryland Task Force Adviser | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
"I witnessed acts that I think no child should witness." -- Documenting the treatment of juveniles in the Maryland justice system.
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First-Known Prison Narrative by an African-American Writer Discovered at the Beinecke Library | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

First-Known Prison Narrative by an African-American Writer Discovered at the Beinecke Library | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
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DC's Youth Face Solitary Confinement in District Jails and Federal Prisons - Solitary Watch

DC's Youth Face Solitary Confinement in District Jails and Federal Prisons - Solitary Watch | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

Just east of Capitol Hill, on 19th Street between D and E streets, lies a complex of reddish brown concrete buildings. These are the District of Columbia’s jail facilities – the Central Detention Facility (CDF) and The Central Treatment Facility (CTF). Along with some 2,000 adults, these buildings house children under the age of 18 who have been charged as adults.

For Michael Kemp and Alisha Carrington, both of whom were sent to the DC jails at the age of 16, doing time here meant being locked down 23 hours a day, alone, in small, barren cells.  Like many other youth in adult jails, Michael and Alisha were isolated as a form of “protection” against other prisoners.  This was administered in the form of solitary confinement, which Alisha and Michael endured for months.

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Zero-Tolerance Policies in Schools are Often Destructive, Fueling a School to Prison Pipeline

Zero-Tolerance Policies in Schools are Often Destructive, Fueling a School to Prison Pipeline | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
States are realizing that when it comes to student behavior, positive reinforcement may deliver better results than punitive measures.
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Boxed In: How a Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life | The Nation

Boxed In: How a Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life | The Nation | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
When a youthful brush with the law means being shut out of the workforce forever.
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Renata Hill's comment, January 22, 2014 4:50 PM
<psst> You have this same article posted twice.
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Words Beyond Bars

Words Beyond Bars | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Words Beyond Bars nonprofit organization uses literature to help Colorado prisoners develop critical thinking skills. Reading is a process of engagement, preparing those who will eventually reenter society and easing life within prison.
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PHOTOGRAPHY

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PHOTOGRAPHY AS220 Youth’s Photography program trains youth in digital and 35mm photography. Classes are offered at our three teaching sites: AS220, UCAP middle school, and the Rhode Island Training School, the state’s juvenile detention facility.
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Lessons From European Prisons

Lessons From European Prisons | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
American corrections officials look overseas for a better approach to creating a system geared toward social reintegration rather than punishment alone.
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Life Times Six | How Travion Blount got 118 years and 6 life sentences for a robbery | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

Life Times Six | How Travion Blount got 118 years and 6 life sentences for a robbery | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

Travion Blount's punishment may be the harshest in America for a teen who didn't commit murder. The 15-year-old robbed a Norfolk party with two older gang members. He hurt no one. His friends got 10 and 13 years. But as it stands, Blount will die in prison.

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Achieving Better Outcomes for Youth of Color Through JJDPA | SparkAction

Achieving Better Outcomes for Youth of Color Through JJDPA | SparkAction | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

Addressing disproportionate minority contact (DMC) is one of the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA), which says:

“States are required to assess and address the disproportionate contact of youth of color at all points in the justice system - from arrest to detention to confinement.”

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A Living Death Sentence: Reflections on Life Imprisonment

A Living Death Sentence: Reflections on Life Imprisonment | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, Spoon Jackson wonders if a changed man will ever be given a second chance.
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