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Prison Gerrymandering: Incarceration Weakens Vulnerable Voting Communities

One person equals one vote: seems simple enough. Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked out for many Americans throughout history, specifically women and people of color. There is a long tradition of denying women, people with low incomes and people of color their vote in America, most [...]

2.7 Million Kids Have Parents in Prison. They’re Losing Their Right to Visit

My small feet thump the concrete as I hurry toward the door. My four older brothers trail closely behind. Upon entering, we disappear into the apartment and excitedly explore every corner. We peek out the window at our new playmates. By morning, the scent of [...]

Our Prisons in Black and White

After swelling for decades, the number of Americans in prison is finally, gradually beginning to shrink. For the first time since 1978, populations in both state and federal prisons are getting smaller, the result of an overall decline in crime, an easing of the War [...]

When School Feels Like Jail

Rockmon Montrell “Rock” Allen, an 18-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, has never gone to jail. But school, he says, was close enough. At Ridgeland High School, a large public school in an increasingly black suburb of Jackson, he was punished repeatedly for what seemed like minor [...]

A Short History of Cops Terrorizing Students

By Alex S. Vitale | Originally Published at The Nation. October 28, 2015 | Photographic Credit; WHNT. The mainstream media are abuzz with possible justifications for the videotaped brutalization of a South Carolina high-school student by a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school. CNN analyst and former [...]

When Heroin Hits the White Suburbs

Heroin use and abuse in America has dramatically increased over the past decade. Between 2006 and 2013, federal records reveal, the number of first-time heroin users doubled, from 90,000 to 169,000. Some of those users, no doubt, already are gone. The Center for Disease Control announced [...]

What We Learned From German Prisons

By Nicholas Turner and Jeremy Travis | Originally Published at The New York Times. August 6, 2015 | Illustration Credit; Jan Bajtlik Illustration Credit; Jan Bajtlik EARLIER this summer, we led a delegation of people concerned about the United States criminal justice system to visit [...]

Ferguson’s Inheritance

As the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s killing rapidly approaches, within days of the fiftieth anniversary of the Watts Rebellion, we are invited to reflect on the connection between state repression and African-American mobilization past and present. Each generation has a moment when its members share [...]

Henry A. Giroux | The Racist Killing Fields in the US: The Death of Sandra Bland

By Henry A. Giroux | Originally Published at TruthOut July 19, 2015 00:00 | Illustration Credit; Sandra Bland. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout On July 9, soon after Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, moved to Texas from Naperville, Illinois, [...]