Peace and Justice
Can Money Help Shrink Jail Populations? The MacArthur Foundation Is Betting $75M on It
by Puck LoJun 11, 2015
- 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 SchenwarDec 19, 2014
- 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 RossNov 28, 2014
- Crisis Intervention Teams train police officers to understand mental illness without resorting to violence.
Undercover University: Palestinians Study Up in Israeli Prisons
by Emily MulderNov 25, 2014
- 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 LaljiJul 18, 2014
- 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 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.