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Beyond prisons

Breaking the cycle of crime and punishment.

Why Target Stopped Asking Job Applicants If They've Been Convicted of a Crime Why Target Stopped Asking Job Applicants If They've Been Convicted of a Crime
by Nur Lalji
More than 60 counties, cities, and states—and some corporations—are reducing discrimination against former offenders by removing one small box from job applications.
New York Inmates Draw Strength from Prison-Themed Hip-Hop Album New York Inmates Draw Strength from Prison-Themed Hip-Hop Album
by Nur Lalji
Members of the Rochester-based group Da Cloth have sent the tape to more than 150 inmates.
Esperanza Spalding’s “We Are America” Is the Catchiest Call Yet for Justice at Guantanamo Bay Esperanza Spalding’s “We Are America” Is the Catchiest Call Yet for Justice at Guantanamo Bay
Jazz singer Esperanza Spalding and company on standing up for people held without trial in America’s most controversial prison.
An End to "The Hole"?: 6 Signs that Solitary Confinement Reform Is Coming An End to "The Hole"?: 6 Signs that Solitary Confinement Reform Is Coming
by Nur Lalji
Much of the momentum in the movement to reform the use of solitary confinement in the United States comes from the work of prisoners themselves.
Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools
by Sarah van Gelder
For decades the myth of failing public schools justified industrial-scale testing and a privatization agenda. Now radical educators are bursting the bubble test, getting culturally relevant, and restoring justice to the classroom.
Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment
by Fania Davis
As executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Fania Davis sees programs like hers as part of the way to end the school-to-prison pipeline.
How Restorative Justice Changed This Colorado Cop's Views on Prison How Restorative Justice Changed This Colorado Cop's Views on Prison
by Molly Rowan Leach
In restorative justice, those who commit crimes have to face the consequences of their actions. After this Colorado policeman tried it out, he came to believe it's part of the answer to America's prison problem.
This New Bill Could Put 2,500 More People In Prison: Meet the Organization Trying to Stop It This New Bill Could Put 2,500 More People In Prison: Meet the Organization Trying to Stop It
by Nur Lalji
"Violence is not simply shooting people. Violence is also poverty. It's also incarceration—putting people in prison is incredibly violent."
Why Is Texas Planning to Execute a Man Who Killed No One? Why Is Texas Planning to Execute a Man Who Killed No One?
by Joan Braune, Amanda Lusky
The controversial Law of Parties expands the guilt for murder to include accomplices and those who knew the crime was going to occur.
To Keep Kids Out of Trouble—And Prison—Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions To Keep Kids Out of Trouble—And Prison—Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions
by Katherine Gustafson
After teaching students to understand and talk through their conflicts, schools in Denver and Los Angeles have seen major reductions in disciplinary action.
Why U.S. Attorneys and FBI Brass Support Washington’s Marijuana Law Why U.S. Attorneys and FBI Brass Support Washington’s Marijuana Law
by Mark Cooke, Doug Honig
The state of Washington is expecting to generate more than $2 billion every five years from taxation of legal marijuana sales to adults. And that's not counting the savings from no longer arresting people for possession.
Rapper 2 Chainz: Ex-Felons Can Get Their Voting Rights Back Rapper 2 Chainz: Ex-Felons Can Get Their Voting Rights Back
One the biggest voting myths is that those with felonies on their record have lost the right to vote forever. Here’s how you can get re-enfranchised.
Is an End to the Death Penalty in Sight? Is an End to the Death Penalty in Sight?
by Laura Moye
What’s the good news about the troubling practice of execution in the U.S.? We’re already abolishing it, state by state.
In Prayer and Protest: The Fight for Troy Davis In Prayer and Protest: The Fight for Troy Davis
by Scott Langley
The story in photos: One year ago, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis. See the remarkable photos from his final days, from the perspective of his family, friends, and supporters.
Standing with Troy Davis in His Final Days Standing with Troy Davis in His Final Days
by Jen Marlowe
A year ago today, the state of Georgia executed a man whose guilt was widely contested. Jen Marlowe, friend and journalist, on what it was like to stand with the Davis family on the last day.
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