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Reported by April Taylor There is no shortage of studies about mass incarceration and the harmful social effects it causes, but a recent study by the Brooking’s Institution’s Hamilton Project highlights a disturbing trend regarding its disproportionate impact on African-American men. The study points out that the social and economic costs of incarceration are too high and affect poor and minority communities in a much more drastic way than the general population. As reported by the Grio, the study finds that there is a 70 percent chance that an African-American man who does not earn a high school diploma will wind up in jail before he reaches his mid-30's. This is often referred to as the school-to-prison pipeline. The study also points out that an African-American child under the age of 14 has a 50 percent chance of having his father go to prison. This sits in stark contrast to the experience of white children who only face a 10 percent chance of [...]
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It was 1972. Thousands of American troops were battling communist forces in Vietnam. Nixon had won re-election by a landslide, but Watergate would soon usher in his demise. Space travel and technology were advancing rapidly. Change was brewing across America, but one place stood still, frozen in time: Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola. When Robert King arrived that year, he felt as though he'd stepped into the past. Angola sits 50 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. It's the largest maximum-security facility in the United States and one of the country's most notorious prisons. In the book The Life and Legend of Leadbelly, the authors wrote, "Tough criminals allegedly broke down when they received a sentence to Angola. ... None of them wanted to be sent to a prison where 1 of every 10 inmates annually received stab wounds and which routinely seethed with black-white confrontations." Angola's expanse covers a vast 28 square miles — larger [...]
The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK. It was established in 1866, and is named after John Howard, one of the first prison reformers. The Howard League for Penal Reform is entirely independent of government and is funded by voluntary donations and membership subscriptions.
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