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Prison reform, restorative justice, prison arts, and peacebuilding
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How death row inmates at San Quentin are using poetry to examine the prison system — and themselves

How death row inmates at San Quentin are using poetry to examine the prison system — and themselves | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Prison literature has a long and rich history, stretching back to Jack London, Nelson Algren and Malcolm X. The genre includes powerful work from prisoners incarcerated on death row, which is often surfaced with the help of activists or artists in the outside world. The latest of these projects, "San Quentin Artists," publishes art and poetry made by death row inmates at San Quentin State, California's oldest prison and the only one in the state
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An Oscar-Nominated Documentary About Fine Dining and Life After Prison

An Oscar-Nominated Documentary About Fine Dining and Life After Prison | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Sarah Larson writes about Thomas Lennon’s film “Knife Skills,” an Oscar-nominated short documentary about Edwins, the Cleveland fine-dining restaurant that trains former prisoners.
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Support Prisoner Resistance | Helping people shine a protecting light on prisoner struggles

Support Prisoner Resistance | Helping people shine a protecting light on prisoner struggles | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
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The Justice Department says poor defendants can't be held when they can't afford bail

The Justice Department says poor defendants can't be held when they can't afford bail | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Holding defendants in jail because they can't afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday.
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Reginald Artis Has Served Out Her 27-Year Prison Term. That Doesn’t Mean She Can Go Free.

Reginald Artis Has Served Out Her 27-Year Prison Term. That Doesn’t Mean She Can Go Free. | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Reginald Artis is a transgender woman from Chesapeake, Virginia, who was sent to prison in 1987 for a sex crime she committed at age 23, when she still ide
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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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Valerie Jenness's comment, August 14, 2016 7:07 AM
Truly touching story about mothers in prison.
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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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Jim Manske's curator insight, September 6, 2015 2:12 PM
From punitive to restorative...
Laura Lee Smith's comment, September 7, 2015 7:30 PM
I'm going to look more into this prison as I find the information given to be very interesting, I hope it is as successful as it appears.
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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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Answer U.S. Prisoners’ Questions With Photos

Answer U.S. Prisoners’ Questions With Photos | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Answers Without Words is a collaborative photography project by artists Anke Schüttler, Roshani Thakore and the Free Mind Collective (a group of currently and formerly incarcerated artists) based at CRCI that engages photographers and prisoners in a visual exchange.
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Turn Prisons Into Colleges - The New York Times

Turn Prisons Into Colleges - The New York Times | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Imagine if prisoners sat in classrooms learning about climate science or poetry — just like college students. Or even with them.
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Abolish the police? Organizers say it’s less crazy than it sounds.

Abolish the police? Organizers say it’s less crazy than it sounds. | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
Grassroots groups around Chicago are already putting abolitionist ideas into practice.
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US to end federal use of private prisons - BBC News

US to end federal use of private prisons - BBC News | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
US Justice Department will phase out use of privately owned prisons, citing safety concerns.
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America has locked up so many black people it has warped our sense of reality

America has locked up so many black people it has warped our sense of reality | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it
We've been totally underestimating how bad things are for African-Americans
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Race and Justice in America: An Atlantic Summit

Race and Justice in America: An Atlantic Summit | Humanizing Justice | Scoop.it

In his October 2015 cover story, "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the devastating impact decades of mass incarceration has had on African-American families.

A breakthrough event pegged to this landmark piece will provide a definitive exploration and razor-edged analysis of the complicated history of the nation’s justice system and the future of prison reform.

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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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