Al Chang

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At $75,560, housing a prisoner in California now costs more than a year at Harvard

The cost of imprisoning each of California’s 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year<p>HOW MUCH?<p>More than tuition at Harvard University<p>That’s enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University and still have plenty left over for pizza and beer<p>Gov. Jerry …

Harvard

The Hate-Filled Origins of the War on Drugs they Don't Want you to Know

An eye-opening video produced by the folks at ATTN, lays out how cocaine was banned as a means of social engineering, using racism as the main tool …

How Support Raising Keeps Parachurch Ministries White

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Funding Multiethnic Mission<p><b>“If you see a fish go belly up in a lake, you try to find out what was wrong with</b> …

NYPD cop secretly records supervisor pressuring him to racially profile black men

Gawker has posted an audio recording provided to them by an NYPD officer that seems to be an exchange in which the officer is being pressured to …

To Bust People for Buying Crack, Cops Are Now Manufacturing and Selling People Crack

A reverse buy bust appears to be in the works for the Albuquerque Police Department, but the details of how they plan to go about catching low-level …

New Study on Drug Use Confirms What Black People Have Been Saying This Whole Time

A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that delinquent, non-Hispanic whites are more likely to abuse "hard drugs," …

Four Years A Student-Athlete: The Racial Injustice of Big-Time College Sports

While the NCAA’s rules governing college athletes are colorblind, the impact of amateurism is anything but—disproportionately costing black football and men's basketball players and benefiting white stakeholders by as much as $2 billion a year.<p><b>Before Robert and Amy McCormick could see the racial</b> …

Marijuana Prohibition Was Racist From The Start. Not Much Has Changed.

As the nation's nearly 80-year history of pot prohibition slowly begins to crumble, starting with Colorado's recent implementation of taxed and legalized recreational marijuana, critics of the increasingly popular policy shift are jumping to denounce the move. A number of white pundits and …

Does The Weed Industry Have A Race Problem?

Douglas Blackmon Author of "Slavery By Another Name"

Feds Push Back Against Blanket Bans That Keep Ex-Offenders From Finding Housing

The ability to find housing is critical for successful re-entry into society.<p>Landlords and property owners who exclude people with criminal records from renting or buying may be violating the law, according to new guidance released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.<p>While …

Housing

Why Food Belongs in Our Discussions of Race

In the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after the death of Michael Brown, the Baltimore uprising after the death of Freddie Gray, and the …

This North Carolina Pastor Is Transforming Food Deserts Into Oases For The Poor

A community in North Carolina has been inspired to grow its own food and create better health thanks to this preacher’s activism.<p>In North Carolina, …

Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow

If we are to create a society that values black life, we cannot ignore the role of food and land.

Ex-R.I. crack dealer rises from prison to government lawyer

A convicted drug dealer, and now a City of Providence assistant solicitor, Noah Kilroy's journey began with a thirst for knowledge.<p>PROVIDENCE, R.I. — …

Racism's Hidden History in the War on Drugs

<i>What follows is an excerpt from ' Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge,' a book where I try to explain life on the bench and the unknown parts of our legal system.</i><p>* * *<p>The first anti-drug law in our country was a local law in San Francisco passed in 1875. It …

Anti-Social Behavior

Nixon Aide Reportedly Admitted Drug War Was Meant To Target Black People

"Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."<p>An eye-opening remark from a former aide to President Richard Nixon pulls back the curtain on the true motivation of the United States’ war on drugs.<p>John Ehrlichman, who served 18 months in prison for his central role in the Watergate …

The White House

Former judge gets 28 years for scheme to unjustly jail youth - CNN.com

In addition to the 28-year sentence, Mark Ciavarella was also ordered to pay about $1 million in restitution.<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- A former Pennsylvania juvenile judge was sentenced to 28 years in prison Thursday after being convicted for a scheme to make millions off unjustly incarcerating young people, court …

Anti-Drug Senator's Office Manager Arrested For Importing Meth And "Date Rape" Drug From China

This week it was reported that the office manager for anti-drug Senator Thad Cochran was caught importing meth from China, to allegedly sell and …

Crime

Fifth Third Bank to Pay $18 Million Settlement For Charging Black Customers More Interest for Auto Loans

An Ohio-based bank has come under fire for charging Black and Latino customers more interest on auto loans, a joint investigation by the U.S. …

Cop Harasses Off-Duty NYPD Police Chief Who He Didn't Recognize

It’s fairly common for New Yorkers who are stopped and frisked by the police to claim that they have been targeted, or profiled. But this time, a lot …

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Awarded $12M After Being Beaten by Fellow Cops

An off-duty NYPD officer who sued after having been beaten by fellow officers was awarded $15 million dollars on Wednesday.<p>In 2010, 12 officers hit …

Ex-con earns doctorate, plans community college to help ex-cons

It's a story of strong will over circumstances and education over incarceration.<p>As we celebrate Black History Month, we turn our attention to a man …

How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about

By Michael Cohen<p>Several industries have become notorious for the millions they spend on influencing legislation and getting friendly candidates into office: Big Oil, Big Pharma and the gun lobby among them. But one has managed to quickly build influence with comparatively little scrutiny: Private …

Florida

The Origin of Races

<b>Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry</b>, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Get a Job? Most Welfare Recipients Already Have One

It’s poor-paying jobs, not unemployment, that strains the welfare system. That’s one key finding from a study by researchers at the <b>University of California, Berkeley</b>, that showed the majority of households receiving government assistance are headed by a working adult.

University of California