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…

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…

Why me and CURE IL, the speech I gave at my 50th high school reunion

When we left school dreaming of Camelot, JFK was the President of the United States, some say he won  due to the votes of dead Americans in Cook County, but it was a time of hope and belief we could change the worls. That same year the first armed troops were sent to Vietnam; a…

IT IS TIME TO STOP WASTING MINDS

Officials at the highest-security federal prison in America have taken steps to address mental- health issues among the prison’s inmates, following a lawsuit that accuses the government of indifference. Now time for states to file suits! Read more: Supermax prison officials move to address mental health after lawsuit – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_22064773/supermax-prison-officials-move-address-mental-health-after#ixzz2DJzYvis1 Read The…

Confine the Worst and Manage the Rest: Considering a Shift in Criminal Justice Spending

The National Institute of Justice just published this paper By Ephy Amoah-Ntim: ” By Ephy Amoah-Ntim If we were to take a look at the entire portfolio of criminal justice, we might rapidly conclude … that essentially, we own stock in a company called prison; we never get to see a dividend statement, but every year they…