Category: Police & Prisons

Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Violence is Not New, It’s the Cameras That are New”

Today we spend the hour with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the explosive book about white supremacy and being black in America. Titled “Between the World and Me,” it is written as a letter to his teenage son, Samori. In July, Ta-Nehisi Coates launched the book in his hometown of Baltimore. He spoke at the historic Read more…

Victoria Law: Going Home

On October 6, the Justice Department announced that nearly 6,000 people in federal prisons will be going home early. The move, U.S. officials told the Washington Post, is an effort to both reduce overcrowding and to provide relief to people who received harsh drug war sentences over the past three decades. In 2014, the U.S. Read more…

Kelly Hayes: On Holiday Myths and State Violence

One of the common refrains that Indigenous people in the United States are confronted with when they speak to this country’s history of genocide and repression is the claim that the harms Natives have historically endured are confined to the past. We are told that we are no longer living out the reality or the Read more…

Rebecca Gordon: Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Kabul in America

Matthew Friedman: As Many Americans Have Criminal Records As College Diplomas

The number of Americans with a criminal history has risen sharply over the past three decades. Today, nearly one-third of the adult working age population has a criminal record. In fact, so many Americans have a criminal record that counting them all is nearly impossible. According to a 2012 Department of Justice survey, state criminal Read more…

Karen Dolan: The Harsh Reality of ‘Ban the Box’ Reform Efforts

One in three Americans has a criminal record. That’s one hundred million Americans

Sikivu Hutchinson: Black Girls and the Police State Menace

Black children have never been children in the eyes of the police state and its proxy, American public education

Mychal Denzel Smith: The Movement Against Police Violence Isn’t Ignoring ‘Black-on-Black Crime’

FBI Director James Comey would have you believe that the Black Lives Matter movement is responsible for the increase in tragic violence

Les Leopold: Why Does America Have More Prisoners Than Any Police State?

America has become incarceration nation

Debra Loevy: Do Indian Lives Matter? Police Violence Against Native Americans

Our legal system is stacked against Native Americans, and that system is the culmination of a long history of oppression

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