#StandWithHer

A powerful new video has been produced by the Essie Justice Group, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to supporting women with incarcerated loved ones. The #StandWithHer project highlights the disproportionate impact that mass incarceration (and mandatory minimums which feeds cyclically into incarceration rates) has on women. When we talk about the impact on the family […]

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Private prisons do matter for #BlackLivesMatter

While Barack Obama has placed prison reform front and center on the policy agenda this year, those seeking the office are broaching a critical element of the debate that has yet to be discussed federally: private prisons. It’s become a hot button issue in the last couple months as it was revealed that Hillary Clinton’s […]

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When disability becomes punishment

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been talking about compassionate release, specifically as it relates to the seriously ill and elderly. While it doesn’t precisely fit into the same discussion, individuals with disabilities face many of the same challenges. Some prisoners’ disabilities may indeed make them candidates for release, but regardless of their status […]

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