Why Do So Many Ex-Conz End Up Back in Prison?

Maybe they don’t—a provocative new study says recidivism rates are drastically lower than we think. By Leon Neyfakh A California State Prison, Solano, inmate installs a drought-tolerant garden in the prison yard, Oct. 19, 2015, Vacaville, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty   One of the most frequently cited and dispiriting statistics about the American criminal […]

Walking While Black

Encounters with police in New York City. BY Garnette Cadogan Photo by Ruddy Roye, “Damion.” From the series “When Living Is A Protest.” This is an excerpt of an essay that first appeared in Freeman’s in September 2015. My love for walking started in childhood, out of necessity. No thanks to a stepfather with heavy hands, I […]

After Attica

http://ia600500.us.archive.org/13/items/150305OSPODCASTAttica/150305-OS-PODCAST-Attica.mp3   We’re revisiting the Attica prison revolt in 1971. It began as a civil rights protest and ended in a massacre when Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordered his state troopers to teargas the prisoners and open fire. In the story only now coming clear, Attica marks the twilight of the civil rights movement and the dawn of mass incarceration. […]

Iz the Fight to End Mass Incarceration Wasting Away in Washington?

What happened to that bipartisan push toward reform? By James Kilgore Photo Credit: John Gomez / Shutterstock.com Mass incarceration’s profile as a national issue appears to be on the wane. Throughout 2015, the nation’s over-reliance on imprisonment drew a constant spotlight, producing a plethora of bipartisan policy proposals and expressions of moral outrage in Beltway […]

How to Prepare Yourself for a Protest—and What to Do If You End Up in Cuffz

Some seasoned activists expect to be arrested and jailed for protesting against racialized police violence. If you’re not one of those people, here’s what to do before you go to a demonstration and steps to take if you end up in police custody.  by Derek Burnett On July 7, 2016 in New York City’s Times Square, people protest the fatal police […]

Paying for Punishment

In an era of fiscal austerity and crisis, mass incarceration has enabled private contractors, municipalities, counties, and states to make money off large numbers of America’s most vulnerable residents. The historical roots of these extractive practices stretch far back in the American past. Donna Murch Boston Review Broadsides offering rewards from the Chattahoochee Brick Company […]

#BankBlack: 15 Black Owned Bankz and Credits Unionz

by G. Brown First a shout out to one of our regular supporters who gave us the idea for this story through one of his regular  (and always insightful) comments–“NBA is Fixed” as always we appreciate you and your support. Yesterday, TRN ran a blurb about #BankBlack..the economic movement that rose up following the shootings of […]

The “Fundamentalism” in Police Operationz

Police thinking resembles the circular reasoning of religious zealotry. “Against the pretense of an equality of persons, or equality of races, or a diversity of cultures, the police counterpose the law, but a law that has become the police as a law unto themselves through their impunity.” They command and control the rest of us. […]

Learning From the Cleveland Model: Notez on the Next Amerikan Revolution

In 2009, during the depths of the Great Recession, a small laundry opened in one of the most depressed neighborhoods in the poverty-stricken city of Cleveland. This seemingly obscure event proved to be a large salvo in what is slowly becoming a national dialogue on the future of wealth democratization in America. The Evergreen Cooperative […]

Stop Kidding Yourself protect and serve the The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People

by Sam Mitrani In most of the liberal discussions of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, there is an underlying assumption that the police are supposed to protect and serve the population. That is, after all, what they were created to do. If only the normal, decent relations between the police and the […]