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In Stunning Reversal, Law Enforcement, Military, and Security Advisors Urge Homeland Security to Shift Away from Private Prisons
In a surprise development, the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), an expert panel of law enforcement, national security, military, and other experts who advise the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security voted on Thursday to recommend that the agency shift away from using private...
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Wall Street and Private Prisons 'Licking Their Lips' Over Trump Presidency
A new report from the research organization In the Public Interest (ITPI) highlights the banks that finance the private prison industry—and with a Trump administration on the horizon, they could be in for a windfall. Six banks have played a major part in bankrolling the two largest private prison...
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To Reduce Prison Population, Invest in Public Mental Health, New Study Says
A new study points to a key way to reduce the prison population in the incarceration capital of the world: boost spending on public mental health. Reducing the prison population means reducing jail expenditures. The average cost in the U.S. to incarcerate a person is $60 a day, an accompanying...
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Homegrown Terrorism is Rooted in US Actions, Not Islam. Just Ask the FBI.
If a Muslim carried out an attack on a funeral home in the United States, killing 140 mourners, the public discourse that would inevitably follow is by now all too predictable: blame would be apportioned to the attacker's faith and culture. A 2012 FBI report into homegrown extremism found that...
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Denouncing 'Colossal Waste' of Drug War, Report Makes Case for Decriminalization
Two prominent human and civil rights organizations are calling on the U.S. government to decriminalize all drug use and possession in a new report which finds that the so-called war on drugs has caused "devastating harm." The joint report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the American Civil Liberties...
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The New Slave Revolt
A nationwide prison work stoppage and hunger strike, begun on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, have seen over 20,000 prisoners in about 30 prisons do what we on the outside should do—refuse to cooperate. “We will not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it...
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Six Million Adults Who Won't Influence This Presidential Race
On July 7th in Staten Island a few months back, Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the death of Eric Garner, sat in court conferring with his family. He was about to agree to plea deal on drug and weapons charges that would send him to prison for a while. While the nation is gripped by new police...
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DOJ Launches Unprecedented Investigation into Alabama Prisons
Alabama's notoriously inhumane and overcrowded prisons are to be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice, in an unusual move the agency announced late Thursday. "Only the most egregious of conditions would prompt the federal government to open a major investigation into the state's prison...
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Homeland Security Must Stop Using Private Prisons for Immigration Detention. Here’s How to Do It.
This August, the Justice Department made history when it announced that the Bureau of Prisons would curtail — and eventually end — its use of private prisons. As the Justice Department noted, this change was made possible by criminal justice reforms that reduced its prison population. Now the ACLU...
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Striking Prisoners Are Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Closer to Justice
Grass-roots organizing, the hard work of building movements, can be grueling. Pay is often low or nonexistent. Success is never assured. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” But it doesn’t bend itself. Right now, under some of the...
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