The parallel epidemics of incarceration & HIV in the Deep South

In this week’s newsletter we take a public health approach to mass incarceration, examining how disparities in HIV rates overlap with inequalities in our criminal justice system. by Emily Widra In a New York Times Magazine article published in June 2017, journalist Linda Villarosa highlighted the “hidden HIV epidemic” among Black gay and bisexual men in the Deep […]

What’s hidden behind the walls of Amerika’s prisons

by Heather Ann Thompson Few Americans fully appreciate just how many of their fellow citizens are ensnared in the criminal justice system. Some may have heard that there are about 2.3 million people behind bars, but that figure tells only part of the story. Yes, in a stunning array of 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, […]

Why isn’t ‘prison reform’ seeking an effective demand for change?

by Anthony Robinson “A criminal justice system is a mirror in which a whole society sees the darker outlines of its face. Our ideas of justice and evil take on visible form in it, and thus we see ourselves in deep relief.” – “The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison” by Jeffrey Reiman […]

On the 52nd Anniversary of Hiz Murder, Watch Malcolm X Prophesize Today’z Police State

by Matt Agorist “They think they are living in a police state, and they become hostile toward the policemen. They think that the policeman is there to be against them rather than to protect them. And these thoughts, these frustrations, these apparitions, automatically are sufficient to make these Negroes begin to form means and ways to […]

New report revealz who payz for and who benefitz from mass incarceration

In a first-of-its-kind report, the Prison Policy Initiative aggregates economic data to offer a big picture view of who pays for and who benefits from mass incarceration. The report, Following the Money of Mass Incarceration, and infographic are a first step toward better understanding who benefits from mass incarceration and who might be resistant to […]

Black Pantherz at 50: Reflectionz on their legacy

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, founded in Oakland, California. I went to the Oakland Museum of California to see the exhibit “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50” and it got me to reflect on how the Panthers and other movements of that era affected […]

‘No apology will give me back my life’: The man who served 43 yearz for a murder he didn’t commit

by Siobhan Fenton Exclusive: Following his release this year after serving almost 44 years for a murder he didn’t commit, Albert Woodfox talks to Siobhan Fenton about politics, the US prison system and whether racism in America has really changed Albert Woodfox says he has never received a formal apology from the US government YouTube Albert Woodfox’s story […]

Amerika’z Shameful History Against Black Veteranz Revealed

African-American Troops, World War I, circa 1917 Photo by African-American Troops, World War I, circa 1917 The EJI’s “Lynching In America: Targeting Black Veterans” documents the physical violence and social humiliation African-American service people faced in the United States. The nation celebrated Veterans Day on Friday, saluting family, friends and neighbors who fought in every […]

Civil Rightz Era rootz of mazz incarceration

  Listen to Elizabeth Hinton discuss the Civil Rights Era roots of mass incarceration on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show: https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/600533/&share=1 In the United States today, one in every thirty-one adults is under some form of penal control, including one in eleven African American men. How did the “land of the free” become the home of […]

Iz it illegal to be Black in Amerika?

by Kevin Cooper Sometime in the early 19th century, former United States President Thomas Jefferson stated, “Unchecked power twisted white men’s characters.” Since he was a slave owner and an oppressor, he should know what he speaks about! He also stated, “The man must be a prodigy who can retain his manners and morals undepraved […]