‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ reminds us that fear of incarceration is justified

by ADAM BANNER Steve Dietls/IFC Prison. As Americans, a large portion of our population has spent at least some time incarcerated. Crime, and the resulting ramifications, is something that permeates almost every family in our nation at some point or another. As a criminal defense attorney, I have spent quite a bit of time in jails, […]

Beyond Prisons — Episode 29: Kempis ‘Ghani’ Songster (Part 1)

  Kim Wilson interviews formerly incarcerated activist Kempis “Ghani” Songster in part one of Beyond Prisons episode 29. In 1987, at the age of 15, Ghani was imprisoned for homicide.  Despite his age, he was certified as an adult, convicted of first degree murder, and given a mandatory life sentence without parole, or what is […]

Our Misguided Assumptions About Crime and Punishment

by William R. Kelly Ph.D. The criminal justice system is perhaps the greatest U.S. policy failure. The United States has created the largest, and arguably the most punitive criminal justice system in the world, based on the simple premise that crimeis largely a matter of poor decision-making.  What would compel someone to deal drugs on a street corner, rob a […]

Perry NoName: A Journal From A Federal Prison-book 1

  by Perry Redd (Author) Among the most honest accounts of life behind the razor wire of a federal prison, Perry Redd tells the story of American injustice from the view of a social change activist. A chronology, treatise, as well as a social commentary, Redd outlines the failures of America’s failure of thealongside the failures of […]

Incarcerated People Stage Strikes Nationwide

Strikers say meager wages and sentencing laws that target people of color amount to modern day slavery. by  Alfonso Serrano Incarcerated people will stage strikes in prison across the U.S. from August 21 to September 9 to force comprehensive prison reform. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images SHARE     Starting today (August 21), incarcerated people across the […]

Dismantle the Pipeline: A Review of Susan Anglada Bartley’s “A Different Vision: A Revolution Against Racism in Public Education” (Luminare Press)

School was always a breeze for me. “Correct English” came naturally–it was the way people spoke at home. As for social studies, I was well-versed in the mythology of American democracy that masqueraded as “history.” My parents instilled confidence that I could excel at science and math, which they saw as a career path for […]

Beyond Prisons — Episode 25: Fight Toxic Prisons

https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/force-cdn/highwinds/beyondprison/Beyond_Prisons_-_Fight_Toxic_Prisons.mp3 Panagioti Tsolkas, an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, joins the Beyond Prisons podcast for a discussion of prison ecology and the intersection between the criminal legal system and the environment. We talk about how his organization came into existence and he gives us some examples of issues they’re working on in […]

The Case for Delegitimizing the Police

by  William C. Anderson The Case for Delegitimizing the Police “Once you come to understand the institution’s ties to white supremacy, it becomes clear the system is toxic and cannot be fixed.” The institution of policing doesn’t deserve the unquestioned authority and purpose people give it in the United States. Fraud, corruption, and violence are […]

LOUISIANA PRISONERS DEMAND AN END TO ‘MODERN-DAY SLAVERY’

People incarcerated at Angola want opportunities for education instead of hard labor in the fields. On May 8, a group of prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary refused to perform the field labor they are compelled to do for virtually no pay. The prison, commonly known as Angola, stands on the site of a former […]

Electronic Monitors: How Companies Dream of Locking Us in Our Homes

Eighteen-month-old Anibal Jurado, waiting with members of the Mountain View Friends Meeting and the Sanctuary collation while his mother Ingrid Encalada Latorre has her ankle monitor fitted and activated at BI Incorporated in Greenwood Village so she can live with her family during her stay of deportation. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty […]