Mass Incarceration in the Trump Era

This is a copy of a recent article on prisons today: In 2015, the National Lawyers Guild adopted a resolution calling for the dismantling and abolition of all prisons. As an organization, we recognized mass incarceration in all of its iterations—policing, violence, incarceration, forced labor, privatization and capitalism—as a crisis that we must resist in all of…

Criminal Justice For the Mentally Ill

Criminalization of Mental Illness Ought to be a Crime   A lack of mental health treatment options is a major contributing factor in the mass incarceration of people with mental illness in Massachusetts and across the country. The Treatment Advocacy Center in 2014 found data that “there are now 10 times more individuals with serious…

An answer?

  We Spend $9 Billion a Year to Lock Up People With Mental Illnesses: Here’s What We Should Do Instead San Antonio, TX has found a better approach to mental illness than handcuffs and jail cells.     http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/we-spend-9-billion-year-lock-people-mental-illnesses-heres-what-we-should-do-instead

Because my mind roams over these walls…from “Solitary Voices”

The following story comes from Mustafa Zulu, who has been in solitary confinement for most of the past 22 years. He was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he watched both parents struggle with drug addiction. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult and convicted of murder. He is currently…

Obamacare is not just about health, it could end up reducing prison populations “more than any reform in a generation”?

From Sentencing Law and Policy: An Affiliate of the Law Professors Blog Network http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2014/03/might-obamacare-end-up-reducing-prison-populations-more-than-any-reform-in-a-generation.html   The question in the title of this post is drawn from the headline of this new Newsweek article that purports to explain “How Obamacare May Lower the Prison Population More Than Any Reform in a Generation.” Here are a few highlights: [The] the Patient…