Peace and Justice

Anti-Racist Organizers Win as Seattle Council Votes to End Youth Incarceration
by Marcus Harrison Green
The resolution, which passed unanimously, endorses the goal of having no kids in detention in Seattle. It’s a move that chips away at the school-to-prison pipeline.
Video: A Brief History of the Mass Incarceration of Black Americans
by Liz Pleasant
One in every three African American men will be sent to prison in their lifetime. In this video, Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses how so many black Americans get trapped behind bars.
The US Has Spent $14B on Community Policing—What Have We Learned So Far?
by Christopher Moraff
Gauging whether a community policing program has been successful ultimately depends on how you define success.
Can Money Help Shrink Jail Populations? The MacArthur Foundation Is Betting $75M on It
by Puck Lo
The grants will help jail systems develop a plan for eliminating “the overuse and misuse of jails.” But prisoner advocate Dan Berger says this doesn’t address larger issues like police bias and racism.
Kids on Chicago’s West Side Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Restorative Circles
by Maya Schenwar
For these Chicago students, restorative justice isn’t just about causing less harm to those around us. It’s also about actively creating safety, on their own terms.
Mentally Ill People Often Face Violence From Police—But These Cities Are Trying to Fix That
by Daniel Ross
Crisis Intervention Teams train police officers to understand mental illness without resorting to violence.
Undercover University: Palestinians Study Up in Israeli Prisons
by Emily Mulder
More than 40 percent of Palestinian males have spent time in Israeli prisons. The schools that operate within are increasingly important.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
by Nur Lalji
"Violence is not simply shooting people. Violence is also poverty. It's also incarceration—putting people in prison is incredibly violent."