Armen Surenian

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Incarceration Is Not Treatment

A man or woman says, “I am an alcoholic.” The phrase garners sympathy because people accept that alcoholism is a disease. No one demonizes an …

Drug Addiction

Prison Reform Advocates Speak Up for the Voiceless

Prisoners' families hail a change in interstate phone rates, but the fight for prisoners' rights is just beginning<p>Bethany Fraser is a 36-year-old …

Crime

Time to free those who’ve been jailed too long

No one in this country should be required to serve a prison sentence that is unfair, arbitrary, or racially discriminatory<b>.</b> This week, the United …

US criminal justice system: Turning a profit on prison reform?

A little more than two million people in the United States - that's one out of every 140 - are locked up, making the US the biggest jailer in the world.<p>Some hope that this obscenerate of human incarceration might begin to decline as reform of mandatory sentencing laws is close at hand. Last month, …

The US Prison System Is Broken Beyond Repair. What Can Replace It?

Want to improve conditions for those behind bars? Then don’t just call for a few changes, according to activist Isaac Ontiveros. What we need to do is get rid of the entire criminal justice system as we know it.<p><i>Illustration via Flickr user DonkeyHotey</i><p>Prisons are terrible, torturous places where …

LA jail conditions 'unconstitutional'

<b>The condition of mental healthcare inside Los Angeles County jails is so poor that it is unconstitutional, the US justice department has said.</b><p>The "deplorable" conditions violated a ban on cruel and unusual punishment in the US Constitution, its report said.<p>Jail officials, it said, had failed to …

Mental Health

Mass incarceration: A provocative new theory for why so many Americans are in prison.

Criminal justice reform is a contentious political issue, but there’s one point on which pretty much everyone agrees: America’s prison population is …

Why Prison Reform Is Good for All of Us

Suggest that the way to end recidivism is to reform the prison system, and you might be accused of caring more about criminals than the crimes they commit.<p>It's happened to me. Often when I write or give a talk about my work with minors in adult prison, I describe the deplorable conditions in which …

What it's like inside the 'Alcatraz of the Rockies,' America's toughest prison

More widely known as the ADX or the "Alcatraz of the Rockies," it's the highest-security prison in the entire country. There, every inmate spends roughly 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, The New York Times reported in a lengthy article over the weekend.<p>The ADX was designed for "a very small …

I Was 16 And In Solitary Before I Even Went To Trial

When I walked into that cell in the basement of the Fairfax County Jail, my hands cuffed behind my back and stomach grumbling from a half a day without food, I was almost relieved. Happy to be soon free from cuffs, to be close to being processed, and to be moved to wherever I'd suffer next. What I …

Solitary confinement limited inmate's access to legal advice, lawyer says

ELIZABETH — The lawyer for a prison inmate who spent three years in solitary confinement said in court today that his client was denied access to …

This Is How Much More States Spend On Prisoners Than On Students

Perhaps if states spent more money on educating students, they would not have to spend so much money keeping prisoners incarcerated.<p>New maps compiled by research engine FindTheBest show how much states spend on funding their average K-12 pupil, compared to what the average prisoner costs for state …

John Oliver Nails Seventeen-Minute Rant About America’s Broken Prison System

This past weekend, on <i>Last Week Tonight</i>, <b>John Oliver</b> railed against America’s prison system. It was glorious.<p>“Our main story tonight concerns something …

Lesbian

I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System

A former prosecutor fights the law and lets it win.<p>Ten years ago, when I started my career as an assistant district attorney in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, I viewed the American criminal justice system as a vital institution that protected society from dangerous people. I once prosecuted a …

WE'VE BEEN ABDUCTED BY ALIENS AND LIVED TO TELL THE TALE

Abducted by Aliens: Twins Tell Their Story<p><b>Audrey and Debbie not only said that aliens exist, but that they've made contact with them. The twins said</b> …

Paranormal

I Was Abducted By Aliens

Incredible Stories From People Who Have Met Aliens

8 Amazing Stories From People Who Have Met Aliens You don’t have to scour the internet all that hard to unearth a great fountain of alien abduction …

UFOs

7 Crazy Alien Abduction Stories That Seriously Are Out Of This World

These days, when you think about fearing aliens, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz may come to mind. But while we humans have plenty on our plates down here …

Ten of the best alien abduction stories

10. Antonio Vilas-Boas (1957) In 1957, Brazilian farmer Antonio Vilas-Boas claimed he was abducted by aliens while tending to his fields. According …

A True Account of Alien Abduction

I don't know the exact order of my questions but I did ask away. I must inform you that they communicated to me like an adult would talk to a …

6 Stories Of Alien Abduction That Will Make You Want To Believe

Best read late at night, of course.

Paranormal

Ten Alien Encounters Debunked

Photo Credit: SPACE.com<p>Slide 1 of 21<p>As a longtime investigator of unusual phenomena, I have no doubt that UFOs exist. UFOs, are, of course, …

Abduction by Aliens or Sleep Paralysis? (Skeptical)

A Roper Poll claimed that nearly four million Americans have had certain "indicator" experiences and therefore had probably been abducted by aliens. …

alien abduction - The Skeptic's Dictionary

From Abracadabra to Zombies | View All<p>alien abduction<p>"...despite the fact that we humans are great collectors of souvenirs, not one of these persons …

Bipolar Disorder