Category: Police & Prisons

David Swanson: The Rise of the Permanent Prisoners of War

A gradual change over the past half-century that has resulted in the police going to war against people they were supposed to serve

Sophia Tesfaye: Private prisons get Bern-ed: Sanders proposes abolishing for-profit facilities

The Independent Vermont senator plans to bolster his criminal justice reform record with new bill next month

Yesenia Barragan: From Black August to Black Lives Matter

Black August, a month of political prisoner activism and commemoration, can help remind us of the nation’s exponentially expanding racist prison system

Michelle Chen: Prison Education Reduces Recidivism by Over 40 Percent. Why Aren’t We Funding More of It?

Giving prisoners access to financial aid for college tuition is the first step towards “de-carceration”

Marcy Wheeler: Declaring Chelsea Manning’s Voice against Torture Contraband

“What is happening to Chelsea Manning can happen to any of us” 150 people arrested over 2 days in Ferguson, state of emergency still in effect

Despite largely peaceful protests to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the police shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, police cracked down on activists and arrested 150 people in multiple demonstrations across St. Louis, Missouri. Police were bracing for more protests in Ferguson on Tuesday, but by late afternoon there had been no major Read more…

Ryan Lugalia-Hollon: Urban Planning in the Era of New Jim Crow

In 1996, the year the War on Poverty was to be won, nearly one of every three young black men in America was under correctional supervision, whether in prison, on probation or on parole

Karen J. Greenberg: Dealing With Mass Killings in America

Funding Our Children, Not Our Wars

Christian Parenti: The Making of the American Police State

How did we end up with millions behind bars and police armed like soldiers?

Ajamu Nangwaya: Unmasking Police Violence Against African-Canadians in Toronto

Police operate in the neighborhoods like an occupation army

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