Peace and Justice

Photo Essay: The Innocents
Photographs give a voice to our nation's wrongfully convicted.
Voices of Compassion
Personal stories of life beyond bars.
YES! We Can Reinvent a Failed Prison System
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! Magazine's summer issue will grapple with how to solve the U.S.'s prison problem. Here's a look at what we're planning—and a chance to share your ideas.
Raising Babies in Prison
by Abby Quillen
Supporting the bond between inmates and their newborns gives these families a better start.
Photo Essay: A Mother's Love Behind Bars
by Cheryl Hanna-Truscott
A unique program in Washington state allows mothers incarcerated for nonviolence crimes to care for their newborns.
The Return of Jim Crow
by Carol Estes
How today's criminal justice system takes up where slavery and segregation left off
Detroit’s Renewal: Can It Inspire the Social Forum?
by Sarah van Gelder
Detroit is known for its decay, violence, and gas-guzzling cars. With thousands of activists coming to town, will it also become known as a source of hope?
Ending the Mexican Drug War: An Activist’s Advice
by Erich Moncada
Fighting rampant corruption with citizen action—in Mexico and the U.S.—is the key to peace.
Appeals Court Rules Inmates Entitled to Voting Rights
by Jeff Raderstrong
A federal appeals court in January ruled that felons incarcerated in Washington State have been illegally barred from voting.
States Reconsider the Death Penalty
by Richard Dieter
New reports find that, while the death penalty drains money from state budgets, police chiefs don't consider it effective in deterring crime.
Costa Rica Creates Department of Peace
by Susie Shutts
Former justice ministry will now focus on promoting peace and conflict resolution.
When the Prisoners Ran Walpole
by Carol Estes
Carol Estes reviews Jamie Bissonette's account of a true story in the movement for prison abolition
Healing Power of Prison Poetry
by Eli Hastings
Writers help teens in jail learn to express difficult truths by putting pencil to paper.
Signs of Life :: New Mexico Ends Capital Punishment
by Kim Eckart
New Mexico becomes the second state to abolish the death penalty, since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.
Prison Meditation
East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison—the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system—is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.