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‘13th’ Offers Searing Exposé Of Mass Incarceration Of Black Men

In “13th”, the director of “Selma” draws a line from Appomattox through convict leasing, through lynch law, through the Southern strategy, through mass incarceration, through the commodification of black bodies and black misery by private prison entrepreneurs.

October 21, 2016
Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Prison Phone Calls A ‘Boondoggle Of Corruption’

In America, jail and prison payphones are an important source of funding for local jurisdictions. For years, cash-strapped sheriffs and law enforcement officials across the country have signed contracts with third-party vendors to take a cut of the proceeds paid by inmates and their families.

June 11, 2016
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Tom Cotton Thinks Iraq And Afghanistan Are Good Models For Law Enforcement

Despite the United States housing 25 percent of the world’s prison population, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton claimed Thursday that America had an “under-incarceration problem,” comparing the failed American police state to Iraq and Afghanistan.

May 20, 2016
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Prison-Industrial Complex Morphs Into Treatment-Industrial Complex

Inmates can be placed by a judge into a for-profit mental health program in a prison and be detained there past the end of the sentence.

March 18, 2016

Promising New Partnership Seeks To Reduce Incarceration

The United States locks up a larger proportion of its citizens than any other nation in the world. Mass incarceration has exacted a terrible cost — on state budgets, on black neighborhoods, on economic and social justice.

May 16, 2015