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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 …

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 …

What's going on with prison reform in America?

<i>Go inside a Virginia prison where men are learning how to be responsible fathers on the next episode of "This is Life with Lisa Ling,"</i> Wed. Oct. 21 at 9 p ET/PT.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> In a few weeks, some 6,000 inmates will be released from federal prison because of sweeping changes in U.S. sentencing guidelines …

Obama Wants to Help Former Prison Inmates Find Jobs

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 …

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

<b>(Reuters/Craig Lassig)</b><p>Sanders teams up with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to ban private facilities<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>September 17, 2015 9:18pm (UTC)<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" …

One Not-So-Minor Victory for Prison Reform

In a single vote last week, the United States government lifted a small but crushing burden on prisoners and their families.<p>The Federal …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

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 …

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 …

New York State

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 …

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> …

City Politics

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Obstruction of Justice

Drug Sentences Rise, While Time Served For Other Crimes Falls

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 other offenders in federal prison declined by 3%.<p>In the report, Pew says “the increased imprisonment of drug offenders has …

Criminal Sentencing