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What is PRISON ABOLITION MOVEMENT? What does PRISON ABOLITION MOVEMENT mean? - 08-06-2018

What is the prison abolition movement? What does prison abolition mean?

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Brutality behind bars: Private companies profiting on inmate, family communications - 07-30-2018

Many inmates in the US federal and county prison systems are struggling to keep communicating with family members, and an investigation is showing that telecommunication companies are taking advantage of the ‘Pay-to-play’ systems, forcing people to making expensive phone calls.

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Inmates Are Using VR For A Chance To Get Out Of Prison - 07-23-2018

Six people in a Colorado prison who sentenced to decades in prison as teenagers in the ’80s and ’90s thought they would never get out. During their 20-plus years behind bars, technology has changed the outside world dramatically.

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Providing a Fair Chance to the Formerly Incarcerated - 07-16-2018

Under proposals from Assembly member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and a coalition of state legislators and advocates, it will be easier for formerly incarcerated people to get professional licenses upon re-entry.

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The Trap: the deadly sex-trafficking cycle in American prisons - 07-10-2018

The Trap investigates how prisons and jails across the United States have become recruiting grounds for human traffickers, who are targeting incarcerated women and trafficking them out of correctional facilities and into pimp-controlled prostitution.

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NAACP alleges inmate count practice weakens urban districts - 07-02-2018

The NAACP and Yale Law School's Rule of Law Clinic partnered to file the first federal lawsuit ever in the nation against the state of Connecticut to stop gerrymandering.

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- 06-25-2018

Through their own personal stories set to music on the EP Die Jim Crow, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals provide a glimpse of the harsh realities of incarceration and reintegration. (Note: This song includes graphic language.)

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Overlooked: Women in Jail - 06-18-2018

Elizabeth Swavola, Senior Program Associate with the Center on Sentencing and Correction (CSC) at the Vera Institute of Justice, discusses the overlooked 14-fold increase of women in jails.

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Why are so many women in prison? • BRAVE NEW FILMS: JUSTICE #3 - 06-12-2018

It's no secret that the incarceration rate in America has skyrocketed since the 1970's. But did you know the number of women behind bars has grown nearly twice the rate of men in recent years?

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Law: Trans Connecticut inmates will be housed appropriately - 06-04-2018

Transgender people in Connecticut will soon become the first in the nation to have a legal right to be housed in a prison that matches the gender with which they identify, a law being lauded by civil rights advocates as groundbreaking.

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Safely Reducing the Use of Solitary Confinement - 05-28-2018

The Vera Institute of Justice partners with corrections officials to help them safely reduce their use of solitary confinement also known as "restrictive housing" and "segregation."

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Gov. Malloy proposes fairness bill for female prison inmates - 05-21-2018

Connecticut Governor signs into law, "An Act Concerning the Fair Treatment of Incarcerated Persons," ensuring women in prison are treated with dignity.

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Why are so many women in prison? • BRAVE NEW FILMS: JUSTICE #3 - 05-15-2018

It's no secret that the incarceration rate in America has skyrocketed since the 1970's. But did you know the number of women behind bars has grown nearly twice the rate of men in recent years?

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Parental Incarceration: Module 1 An Introduction to Parental Incarceration and Child Welfare - 05-07-2018

Developed by Rebecca Shlafer, Ph.D. and Ed Morales, MSW, this three part series serves as a primer for child welfare workers who have contact with families affected by family incarceration. Topics covered include current and emerging trends in the corrections population, the effects of parental incarceration on children's socio-emotional functioning, and the importance of contact between children and their incarcerated parents.

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“Made in Prison” Is the New “Made in China” | Liza Jessie Peterson - 07-19-1900

Should companies provide a ‘Made In an American Prison’ label if the product is made in an American jail? Over the last few decades there has been a huge surge of products made in prison factories.

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New York Gov. Cuomo gives parolees the right to vote in his state - 04-24-2018

During a National Action Network press event on April 18, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he signed an executive order giving parolees the right to vote.

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The Last Mile: Helping Prisoners Find Success - 04-16-2018

The Last Mile is a nonprofit in San Quentin, Calif. devoted to breaking the cycle of mass incarceration in America by providing inmates with career training and help finding jobs after their release.

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Undetectable = Uninfectious. So Why Are People With HIV Still Being Criminalized for Having Sex? - 04-10-2018

At AIDSWatch 2017 in Washington, D.C., we spoke with a range of folks taking part in the fight to overturn outdated, uninformed laws that can put HIV-positive people in prison for years.

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The Recidivism Story - 04-02-2018

Although this video was made five years ago it is still, unfortunately, relevant today.

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Race, Employment and a Criminal Record: Devah Pager - 03-26-2018

Study found white males with a criminal record have a better chance of getting a job than Black males without a criminal record.

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He thought prison was rough. Then he got out. • Video for Prisoners • BRAVE NEW FILMS - 03-19-2018

What if you committed an offense and served your time in prison - now what? Unfortunately, there are enormous challenges to re-entry. One of the hardest is finding a job. The vast majority of employers won’t even let a convicted felon apply. Parole requires a steady residence, but affordable housing requires background checks. There's a catch-22 at every turn.

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Trump hails nations with death penalty for drugs - 03-12-2018

President Trump suggested executing drug dealers to crack down on America’s opioid crisis. “The drug dealers, the drug pushers, they’re really doing damage,” Trump said at an opioid event at the White House. “Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty. And by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do.”

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Johnny's Home - 03-06-2018

For Johnny Perez, returning to society and to his family after being in prison for 13 years wasn't easy. “The world was a different place than the one that I left,” says Johnny. “The biggest challenge was learning how to live with a family who had learned to live without you.”

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Mass Incarceration, Visualized - 02-05-2018

In this animated interview, the sociologist Bruce Western explains the current inevitability of prison for certain demographics of young black men and how it's become a normal life event. "We've chosen the response of the deprivation of liberty for a historically aggrieved group, whose liberty in the United States was never firmly established to begin with," Western says.

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Can mentoring take the place of punishing? from Vera Institute of Justice on Vimeo - 01-29-2018

The Choice is Yours (TCY) is a felony diversion program in Philadelphia that channels young people arrested for drug possession with intent to distribute away from jail and into education and job training services. Nigel Bowe, program director, discusses how TCY mentors young adults who have grown up distrusting the criminal justice system.

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Opinion | The plea bargain trap - 01-22-2018

Imagine you're a public defender in a criminal justice system that penalizes people who want their day in court. What do you do?

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Why are so many women in prison? • BRAVE NEW FILMS: JUSTICE #3 - 01-15-2018

It's no secret that the incarceration rate in America has skyrocketed since the 1970's. But did you know the number of women behind bars has grown nearly twice the rate of men in recent years?

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Nearly 6 million Americans cannot vote due to felony disenfranchisement. - 01-01-2018

In Florida, 1.7 million people are disenfranchised, or 10.4% of the state’s total population. The Guardian takes a closer look at the consequences, and the fight to regain the right to vote, in the midst of a heated election season.

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Epic Lab Scandal Sees 20K Convictions Dropped - 01-02-2018

One of the top criminal justice stories of 2017: As prosecutors in seven Massachusetts counties dropped more than 21,000 low-level drug cases tainted by the work of a rogue lab chemist, a mass dismissal of wrongful convictions unfolded in a Boston courthouse... It is perhaps the biggest such dismissal ever.

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Elderly in Prison - 12-18-2017

Our extreme sentencing policies and a growing number of life sentences have effectively turned many of our correctional facilities into veritable nursing homes — and taxpayers are paying for it. A new ACLU report supplies detailed and practical solutions that states and the federal government can implement to address the dramatic and costly growth in the number of elderly prisoners without putting communities at risk.

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John Prine 'Christmas In Prison' (2000) - 12-12-2017

"Christmas In Prison" is from 'Souvenirs' - the 14th studio album by John Prine, released in 2000.

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Just Leadership - Overview Video Final - 12-05-2017

Last week Reentry Central posted Glenn E. Martin's Thanksgiving message. This week we are posting a video about JustLeadershipUSA, the organization in which he is founder and president.

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Prosecutorial discretion? Black men receive longer sentences for same crimes - 11-28-2017

Black men are given longer sentences than white males who commit the same crime, a new study has found. RT America’s Ashlee Banks reports that the disparity is in part due to prosecutors using their own discretion.

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How America's justice system is rigged against the poor - 11-20-2017

There are invisible cages that extend far beyond prison walls.

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James' Story - Drug-Induced Homicide - 11-14-2017

Drug Policy Alliance video on why drug-induced homicide laws are not the answer to the opioid overdose crisis.

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Is the Criminal Justice System Broken? - 11-06-2017

From The Atlantic: "...We asked a group of senators, police commissioners, professors, activists, and authors to comment on the state of law enforcement in America. "This land of the free...now incarcerates more human beings than any other nation on the planet," says Senator Cory Booker. "Our criminal-justice system is really violating our values as a people." Other panelists include Ray Kelly, Tracey Meares, Clifton Kinnie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Bruce Western.

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The Aging Prisoner Boom: Picturing Our Elderly Behind Bars - 01-30-2017

Striking photos by Tim Gruber give an inside look at our nation's growing elderly prison population.

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Brave New Films - 10-23-2017

In our newest film "Immigrant Prisons", we expose the abuses of the deportation industrial complex, substandard medical care, widespread physical and sexual abuse, virtual slave labor working conditions and highlight the incredible stories of three former detainees. This is the first in a series of exposés on the immigration system. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. These facilities have grown into a highly privatized, lucrative, and abusive industry that profits off the misery of immigrants awaiting deportation.

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Judge: Texas Must Disclose Number of Heat-Related Prison Deaths -

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