Category: Police & Prisons

Marcus Harrison Green: Anti-Racist Organizers Win as Seattle Council Votes to End Youth Incarceration

The resolution, which passed unanimously, endorses the goal of having no kids in detention in Seattle. It’s a move that chips away at the school-to-prison pipeline

Whitney Benns: American Slavery, Reinvented

The Thirteenth Amendment forbade slavery and involuntary servitude, “except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted”

Tim MacGabhann: Mexico’s Plan Merida on Trial

Plan Merida has been blamed for worsening the country’s security situation and allowing atrocities like the Ayotzinapa disappearances to flourish

Elizabeth Schulte: About That “Crime Wave”

The media hysteria about a supposed crime wave serves to undermine movements against police violence

Michael Parenti: A Long Time For Killing

A study of police brutality in three major cities—conducted just about half a century ago in 1967—found that all the victims had one thing in common: they were from low-income groups

Lisa De Bode: Burden of Mass Incarceration Falls Heavily on Families

The average family of an inmate incurs $13,607 in court-related debt, one-third of the families go into debt to pay for phone calls and visits, and 83 percent of the family members responsible for these costs are women

Sonali Kolhatkar: California Prisoners Struck a Blow Against Solitary Confinement

After 2 years of hunger strikes and a drawn-out court case, a settlement was reached ending indefinite prisoner isolation in California

Auset Marian Lewis: Prison Reform: Big Business as Usual?

Politicians toy with the notion of prison reform. Until we take the profit out of prison, there can be no real solutions

Marjorie Cohn: Prisoners’ Struggle Ends Indefinite Solitary Confinement

Prolonged solitary confinement, like other forms of torture, destroys a person’s dignity

Marjorie Cohn: One Day Soon, That Drone Overhead May Be Pointing a Taser at You

North Dakota has just become the first state to legalize police use of drones equipped with “less than lethal” weapons

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