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...the more you learn about incarceration in the US the more you will want to reform our justice system.
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Serial

A new podcast from the creators of This American Life. One story. Told week by week. Hosted by Sarah Koenig.
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"On January 13, 1999, Adnan Syed was a hurt and vengeful ex-boyfriend who carried out a premeditated murder. Or he was a bewildered bystander, framed for a crime he could never have committed. After 15 months of reporting, we take out everything we’ve got - interviews and documents and police reports - we shake it all out, and we see what sticks." Serial is a podcast designed to be listened to in order.
If you're just landing here please go back and start with Episode 1.

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750 immigration detainees on hunger strike in US

750 immigration detainees on hunger strike in US | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Activists rallied outside the Northwest Detention Center Saturday, while 750 detainees called for an end to deportations with a hunger strike.
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Facts and Figures on Incarceration in America | Smart Charts, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Facts and Figures on Incarceration in America | Smart Charts, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Mass incarceration has become a form of legalized discrimination that makes it more difficult for millions to participate in basic aspects of our democracy.
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Henry Giroux on the "School to Prison Pipeline" | BillMoyers.com

Henry Giroux on the "School to Prison Pipeline" | BillMoyers.com | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Education expert Henry Giroux talks to Bill about the troubling trend of police arrests in public schools.
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Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders

Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
The new Justice Department policy is part of reform efforts that the attorney general unveiled Monday.
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“We must face the reality that, as it stands, our system is, in too many ways, broken,” Holder said. “And with an outsized, unnecessarily large prison population, we need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, to deter and to rehabilitate — not merely to warehouse and to forget.”

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The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin

Is there any place safe enough, or any cargo innocent enough, for a black man in this country?
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Sesame Street Teaches Kids About Incarceration

Sesame Street Teaches Kids About Incarceration | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Considering that the United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world....
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Violence Hits Guantanamo Bay As Inmates Continue Hunger Strike : NPR

Violence Hits Guantanamo Bay As Inmates Continue Hunger Strike : NPR | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Inmates fought guards at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after authorities decided to end communal housing in one of the prison's camps, and instead put prisoners in individual cells.
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The House I Live In | Independent Lens

The House I Live In | Independent Lens | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Watch this documentary about the human rights implications of the war on drugs -- the longest conflict in U.S. history, and the least winnable.
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Immigrants Held in Solitary Cells, Often for Weeks

Immigrants Held in Solitary Cells, Often for Weeks | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
New federal data shows that on any given day, about 300 immigrants are held in solitary confinement at Immigration and Customs Enforcement centers, a practice psychiatrists worry is overly punitive.
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Even at 93, He Finds a Case Too Important to Pass Up

Even at 93, He Finds a Case Too Important to Pass Up | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Robert M. Morgenthau, the former Manhattan district attorney, is still working — and has taken up a case left behind by his late son-in-law.
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The Racist Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement

The Racist Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Laws that stripped felons of the vote were designed to target African-Americans.
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As Washington Prisons Crowd, Could Some 'Lifers' Get A Second Look?

As Washington Prisons Crowd, Could Some 'Lifers' Get A Second Look? | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
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Stevan Dozier's crimes were violent pur
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Detainees Warned Of Force Feeding During Hunger Strike

Detainees Warned Of Force Feeding During Hunger Strike | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
SEATTLE (AP) — An immigrant-rights attorney says detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state are being threatened with forced feeding if they continue their hunger strike.

Hundreds of immigration detainees began the strike ...
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Possession Of A Crack Pipe, And Other Small Crimes That Earned Thousands Of U.S. Prisoners Life Without Parole

Possession Of A Crack Pipe, And Other Small Crimes That Earned Thousands Of U.S. Prisoners Life Without Parole | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Life without parole is the harshest U.S. sentence short of death. But thousands are living with that punishment for nonviolent offenses, mostly drug and property crimes.
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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 | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
An outlaw wind races across these barren hills as the late-November sun glints off the curled wreaths of razor wire that embrace Coyote Ridge Corrections
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What If Zimmerman Had Been Indigent

What If Zimmerman Had Been Indigent | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
What if George Zimmerman had been poor? What if his legal case hadn't attracted national attention and raised over $300,000?
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Prison Library at Guantánamo

Prison Library at Guantánamo | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
For Guantánamo detainees, the prison library offers a rare means of escape.
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Wrongfully Convicted Find Their Record Haunts Them

Wrongfully Convicted Find Their Record Haunts Them | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Across much of the country, sealing or clearing a criminal record after a wrongful conviction is a tangled and expensive process, advocates and former prisoners say.
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With Police in Schools, More Children in Court

With Police in Schools, More Children in Court | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Youth advocates and judges say more children are being sent into the criminal justice system for acts like scuffles and truancy that are better handled in the principal’s office.
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Long Prison Term Shortened by Judge’s Regrets

Long Prison Term Shortened by Judge’s Regrets | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
The reversal of a woman’s lengthy prison sentence for selling a few ounces of crack cocaine, and the judge’s apology for imposing it, is a case study on the effects of mandatory sentencing guidelines.
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Right to a Lawyer Often Eludes the Poor

Right to a Lawyer Often Eludes the Poor | Incarceration in the United States | Scoop.it
Fifty years after the Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright, the promise of legal representation for all is not fully realized.
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