Category: Police & Prisons

Mumia Abu Jamal: You Cannot Decarcerate by Using the Tools of Incarceration, Says Mumia Abu-Jamal

We must move for what we want, not for what we think the system can produce, because the system is the problem, not the solution to the problem

Tamar Sarai Davis: Jailed Voters Can Swing Elections if they Know and Can Exercise their Rights

Unlike many people incarcerated in state and federal prisons legally ineligible to vote, moat in local jails — detained pretrial or held on misdemeanor charges — are legally eligible to vote, but are unable to do so

Justin Podur: The Police System That Terrorizes the Poor and Minorities Is Rooted in the Colonial Past

The default counterinsurgency mode is a consequence of being ruled by an elite that sees the whole population as the enemy

Peter Eisler, Linda So, Jason Szep, Grant Smith And Ned Parker: Dying Inside: The Hidden Crisis in America’s Jails

Why 4,998 died in U.S. jails without getting their day in court

Alice Speri: Unredacted FBI Document Sheds New Light on White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement

A 2006 intelligence assessment reveals that officials had concerns about the infiltration of police departments for years but failed to warn the public

Various Contributors: Poll finds broad, multi-racial support for policies to transform policing, economic inequities

“This timely survey shows common ground on real solutions” and “Opportunities to bridge across racial and political spectrum.” 

Chris Walker: Breonna Taylor Killing: Only One Police Officer Facing Criminal Charges

A grand jury has determined that criminal proceedings can move forward against one of the three white police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor

M Adams: On Community Control of Police

What we have been naming as community control has to do with Black people in particular being able to determine policies, practice, procedures, as well as hiring and firing of police

Alice Speri: A Progressive Prosecutor Faces Off With Portland’s Aggressive Police

Portland’s new district attorney said he wouldn’t prosecute most protesters. Police kept arresting them anyway.

Sonali Kolhatkar: Why Many Police Are Barely Distinguishable From Racist Vigilantes

Under Trump, the collaboration of armed white supremacist Trump supporters and police is an explosive mix of violence aimed at communities of color.

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