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Quarter of Inmates Could Have Been Spared Prison Without Risk

Jamiles Lartey The Guardian
Analyzing offender data on roughly 1.5 million US prisoners, researchers from the Brennan Center for Justice concluded that for one in four, drug treatment, community service, probation or a fine would have been a more effective sentence than incarceration. The study also concluded that another 14% of incarcerated individuals had already served an appropriate sentence. These people could be released within the next year “with little risk to public safety”.

The Rise of 1,000 Small Jails

Jacob Kang-Brown The Atlantic
New analysis shows that the growth in the jail population is happening in unexpected places.

American Slavery, Reinvented

Whitney Benns The Atlantic
The Thirteenth Amendment forbade slavery and involuntary servitude, “except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”

Tidbits - June 11, 2015 - Kalief Browder, Criminality of Prisons; Fight for $15; Edward Snowden: Hero; Ronnie Gilbert; Walmart; Suicide in Young Women; Left Strategy Needed; and more...

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Reader Comments: Kalief Browder and Criminality of Prisons; Fight for $15; Edward Snowden - Hero; Ronnie Gilbert; Walmart Anti-Labor Activity; Suicide in Young Women; The Audacity to Win - Left Strategy Needed; Recommended Books - By non-white authors; Announcements: 62nd Memorial of the Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; Brooklyn Peace Fair

Guilty of Mental Illness

Deborah L. Shelton Chicago Reporter
Illinois de-institutionalized nearly 35,000 people in the 1960s and 1970s and never fully invested in a community-based mental health treatment system and affordable housing.

The Storm Is Over

Kathy Kelly teleSUR
A glimpse into life in Atwood Hall in Lexington, Kentucky's federal prison where peace activist Kathy Kelly is currently incarcerated for her participation in an anti-drone protest.

Friday Nite Videos -- March 6, 2015

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Common, John Legend - Glory. X: Malcolm's Final Years. Movie -- Merchants of Doubt. The Ancient Ocean on Mars. School to Prison Pipeline.

"The Bullpen" is a Prisoner's Surreal Comic Riff on the Justice System

Lucy Komisar The Komisar Scoop
The Central Park Five - five young African American men were arrested, charged and convicted.- wrongly. News headlines blasted from the press captured the nation's attention. Last June, under Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City agreed to pay the Central Park Five a $41-million settlement - giving the men about $1 million for each year of wrongful imprisonment. "The Bullpen," is a play related to similar experiences in the NYC incarceration system.
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