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Mark Zuckerberg calls for justice reform after prison visit

<i>This article is published in partnership with Time.com. The original version can be found here.</i><p>By Tessa Berenson @tcberenson<p>Facebook Inc.’s (FB) Mark …

Mark Zuckerberg

Police leaders, including L.A.'s, call for reforms to reduce prison population

Leaders of some of the nation's largest law enforcement agencies, including Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, banded together in Washington on Wednesday to call for criminal justice reforms they said would greatly reduce the U.S. prison population.<p>"I've been through the war on drugs, the war …

Crime

Barack Obama takes executive action to "ban the box."

President Obama just gave a speech in Newark, New Jersey announcing two measures aimed at making it easier for people just out of prison to find …

Barack Obama

Obama Should Use His Power to Pardon Prisoners, Not Turkeys

At the White House, the public relations team is finishing President Barack Obama's ceremonial "pardon" of one or two of the turkeys for a cute photo-op with the President's family, as he has done six times as president. I suspect poultry purveyors have been jockeying for the honor of providing the …

Inside the Prison Industrial Complex

September 24, 2015 by Guest Contributor<p>First published at <i>By Their Strange Fruit</i><p>In the United States, the land of the free, we incarcerate more of our …

Bernie Sanders declares war on the prison-industrial complex with major new bill

Sanders teams up with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to ban private facilities<p>Bernie Sanders just made good on an early campaign promise and introduced a bill in the Senate to outlaw what he called the "morally repugnant" practice of incarcerating Americans in private prisons and called …

Middle-class

One Not-So-Minor Victory for Prison Reform

The Federal Communication Commission's cap on absurd prison phone call costs underscores the predatory rent-seeking of the prison-industrial complex.<p>0<p>…

The President and the Prison Industrial Complex

In which President Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison, as he takes on another tough issue in his efforts towards criminal justice reform.<p>It is more than passing strange that Johnny Cash and an assortment of popes visited a prison before any president of the …

Jokes

6,000 Prisoners Make Their Way Home

By Amber Hall, www.thetakeaway.org<p>| Educate!<p>Over the next three days, 6,000 will be released from federal prisons. The decision to release the …

The U.S. Government Just Ended One of the Worst Abuses of the Prison-Industrial Complex

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to lower the price of a 15-minute inmate phone call from its current average of $2.96 to no more …

Crime

Pushed by Anti-Prison Activists, City Council Considers Spending $600,000 on Alternatives to Youth Detention

The Seattle City Council will vote this month on a measure to spend more than half a million dollars on the <b>development of alternatives to jailing</b> …

The win against Seattle youth detention, explained

<b>In 2012,</b> the Seattle City Council voted 8-1 to replace their juvenile detention center with an entirely new building dubbed “The Children and Family …

Experts Agree: America's Prison-Industrial Complex Is Broken

Not only are US incarceration policies unjust toward minorities and the mentally ill, but they haven't even meaningfully lowered crime, according to the latest studies.<p>It's hardly news that America's commitment to a policy of mass incarceration has produced the most locked-up society on the planet. …

Nobel Prize

Award-Winning Film Producer is Exposing the Prison Industrial Complex - and We Need to Help

The film <i>How to Make Money Selling Drugs</i> sent shockwaves through the nation back in 2013. It gave us an unforgettably disturbing insight into how the …

Susan Sarandon

When GEDs Mean Failure for Prisoners

Last year when changes to the GED programs were first announced, analysts predicted it would have a serious impact on the ability of prisoners to acquire their certificates. A year later, those predictions have proven accurate. Prison GED success rates have dropped dramatically, in some places up …

Labor Economics

Did a Federal Prison Official Lie About Solitary Confinement? We Asked Jeff Smith

On Tuesday, Democratic senators (including Missouri's own Claire McCaskill) grilled the head of the federal Bureau of Prisons over its budget and …

Drug Sentences Rise, While Time Served For Other Crimes Falls

A new study finds that drug offenders are serving more time in federal prison while all other sentences are on the decline.<p>A Pew study released Thursday shows that sentences for Americans convicted of federal drug crimes rose 36% — an average of 20 months — in 30 years, while sentences for all …