The United States locks up more people than any other country, but that hasn't made us safer. The drug war jails thousands of nonviolent addicts. Taxpayers and poor communities lose as states slash social programs to pay for prisons. There's a better way—compassion, not punishment; restoration, not isolation. It's less costly, more humane—and it works.
Featuring work by Michelle Alexander, Wendell Berry, the Yes Men, Gabor Maté, Patrice Gaines, Sarah van Gelder, Norm Stamper, Jen Marlowe, and more.
- Connecting Prisons With Nature
Video: Can prisons save money and the environment while changing lives?
- Life With Poetry, But No Parole
Locked up for life, prisoner poet Spoon Jackson discovered life as a "melody that flowed like free verse."
- "Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"
Amy Goodman talks to legal scholar Michelle Alexander about the new American caste system.
- Photo Essay: The Innocents
Taryn Simon's photographs give a voice to our nation's wrongfully convicted.
- The Locked Gate: Standing Up For My Brother On Death Row
My brother and I don't always agree, but I defend his innocence, and I'll never walk out on him again.
- "Any Day Now": Download the song by AshEL Seasunz, J. Bless, and Golden Horns / Earth Amplified.