Angela Davis portrait. Photo by Thierry Ehrmann on Flickr.
27 Apr 2017

Beyond Prisons – Episode 3: Are Prisons Obsolete? (YES!)

Kim and Brian discuss Angela Davis’ book, “Are Prisons Obsolete?”—an excellent handbook on prison abolition and the prison industrial complex.

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Photo by Justin Valas on Flickr.
22 Feb 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 9: The Surveillance State Trump Inherited Feat. Ken Lipp

On this episode of Around The Empire, journalist Kenneth Lipp discusses the sprawling national security and incarceration state President Trump inherited.

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08 Feb 2017

2017 Has Already Seen Several Prison Rebellions

The first few weeks of 2017 saw prison uprisings in Delaware, Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and California.

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Photo by thomashawk on Flickr.
25 Aug 2016

In States Like Tennessee, Private Prisons Will Survive Obama Administration

Madison Deal died at a CCA prison in Tennessee as news broke that the Justice Department would draw-down its agreements with private prison contractors.

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Screenshot from the Economic Innovation Group's "DCI Data for the 100 Largest US Cities."
15 Apr 2016

Lawsuits Challenge Fort Wayne’s ‘Law And Order’ Policies Used To Push Out City’s Poor

Multiple lawsuits challenge policies in Fort Wayne, which disproportionately impact black and poor residents, during local economic redevelopment.

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Hillary Clinton attends a campaign rally at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. 4/6/2016. Photo by redcti on Flickr.
14 Apr 2016

Clinton Wrong About Mass Incarceration Being Known Problem For Just A Decade

Clinton’s perception of mass incarceration is either terribly informed or she has concocted her own version of American history to suit her political agenda

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25 Feb 2016

‘Back To The Issues’: Clinton Brushes Off Black Lives Matter Activist Who Confronts Her Over ‘Super-Predators’

The Black Lives Matter activist confronted Clinton at a fundraiser over her past support for mass incarceration and use of the term “super predators.”

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Tower 5 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (RLEvans on Flickr)
21 Jan 2016

Are We There Yet? The Promise, Perils and Politics of Penal Reform

The reach of the carceral state is truly breathtaking, extending well beyond the estimated 2.2 million people sitting in jail or prison today in America.

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15 Oct 2015

Despite Prop 47, California Continues to Invest In Incarceration

California fails to take advantage of opportunities to reduce their inmate population, according to an annual report published by prison reform group Californians United For A Responsible Budget (CURB). This trend occurs in spite of the fact that California voters passed Proposition 47 last year to reduce the number of people incarcerated

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21 Sep 2015

Bernie Sanders’ Private Prison Reform Bill Would Leave Opportunities For Industry To Grow

Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), has introduced legislation to abolish aspects of the prison industrial-complex. However, despite being touted as a private prison abolition bill, it would still leave some areas of corrections open to contractors. On September 17, Sanders joined Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)

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