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  • Prison cell
    Obama to visit a federal prison
    Next week PresidentBarack Obamais expected to make history by being the first sitting U.S. President to visit a U.S. federal prison. The administration hopes the president's visit will underscore a stronger push for reform and improve America&...
  • Early release
    Early release to come for some incarcerated Americans
    President Barack Obama seeks to step in and change the lives of a small number of people who are presently incarcerated, but hopes to bring more attention to mass incarceration and harsh mandatory minimums.According to theNew York Times, in the...
  • lockedup
    Face-to-face visits return to D.C. Jail -- sorta
    It's been a few days since D.C.'s Mayor, Muriel Bowser, announced the city'sjailwould be returning toface-to-face visitsbetween inmates and their relatives.Mayor Bowser has remarked the new policyreflected her desire to see better...
  • Prison cells
    The wrongfully accused speaks out
    Every person in America is supposed to be consideredinnocent until proven guilty.It's a common phrase that should apply to everyone;but according to theNational Registry of Exonerations, since 1989 an estimated 1,555 people have been sent to...
  • Shakespeare in Prison at Huron Valley
    Shakespeare in Prison teaches empathy, cooperation and self-confidence
    The scene behind the curtain is typical of so many productions. With less than 30 minutes before curtain, the ensemble is excited – the air is electric with pre-show jitters. Cast members help each other with costumes and run lines while...
  • prisoncell
    An anniversay that was preventable
    This year marks the fifth anniversary of now-former Pennsylvania JudgeMark Ciavarella Jr'sinvolvement and subsequent beingsentenced to a 28 yearprisonterm for literallyselling kids to prisons [for profit], and it all hits close to home for one...
  • National Archive Criminal Justice Data
    Clinton addresses priority: Crime and incarceration
    Finally, a presidential candidate is leading with a priority requirement that is to reduce crime and incarcerations in America. That isn’t how this analyst would describe the outcome, but it is getting close.American citizens need and want a...
  • Criminal justice
    Getting smarter on crime
    Baby Boomers and older Americans may recall the “War on Crime” initiative of the mid-1960s. Beginning with a task force under President Lyndon Johnson, it became part of “law and order” candidate Richard Nixon’s 1968...
  • Just Mercy
    Reforming America’s criminal justice system
    Much discussion is devoted to America’s role in the Middle East. Dubbed crusaders by its enemies, the United States often is accused of inciting the violence that it hopes to quell. But Americans needn’t look half way around the world...
  • Ottawa
    ISIS large crop of thugs
    In the large context of global concerns, ISIS is a symptom of a problem. One view is that ISIS is an organization of psychotic outliers, thugs and losers who are leveraging the Sunni Islamic sect to justify its legitimacy.Problems:Middle Eastern...
  • Mail
    DC area start-up makes getting mail to inmates quick and easy for pennies
    Kenneth "Kenny" Bell often recall of the 27 months he spent incarcerated in a Ohio state prison and uses that as motivation to reach out to friends and loved ones who have the unfortunate circumstance of being sentenced to jail or prison...
  • State of Black America
    Mayday, Mayday, Mayday theme highlights state of Black America
    The Washington, D.C. based Capital Press Club (CPC) celebrated its 70th year by holding a May 1 forum at the African American Civil War Museum. The forum’s theme “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday in America! – A Nation Divided Against...
  • The Sinners' Garden
    How William Sirls' Second Chance Inspired The Sinners' Garden
    “God must be in prison, because that’s where so many people seem to meet him.” Gerald “Rip” Ripley speaks from experience, having been there himself. Now he is not only trying to put the past behind him and move on...
  • The Sinners' Garden
    William Sirls shares his own past in hopes of reaching others
    “God must be in prison, because that’s where so many people seem to meet him.” Gerald “Rip” Ripley speaks from experience, having been there himself. Now he is not only trying to put the past behind him and move on...
  • Hill Harper shares with Brooklyn solutions to counteract incarceration
    Hill Harper shares with Brooklyn solutions to counteract mass incarceration
    He is not a preacher. He is not a politician. He is not a husband nor a father. He is an Ivy League educated actor who has made his life's purpose to influence, educate and to promote positive change within the African American and Latino...
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