Peace and Justice
New York Inmates Draw Strength from Prison-Themed Hip-Hop Album
by Nur LaljiMay 07, 2014
- 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
Mar 28, 2014
- 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 LaljiMar 20, 2014
- 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 GelderFeb 21, 2014
- 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 DavisFeb 19, 2014
- 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 LeachJan 14, 2014
- 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 LaljiNov 27, 2013
- "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?
by Joan Braune, Amanda LuskySep 18, 2013
- 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
by Katherine GustafsonJul 02, 2013
- 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
by Mark Cooke, Doug HonigNov 16, 2012
- 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
Oct 31, 2012
- 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?
by Laura MoyeSep 21, 2012
- 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
by Scott LangleySep 21, 2012
- 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
by Jen MarloweSep 21, 2012
- 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.
Can Restorative Justice Stop the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Pipeline?
by Jeremy Adam SmithApr 09, 2012
- What San Francisco schools are learning from their experiments with alternatives to punitive punishments.