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October 9, 2018

"When people living with HIV walk out of prison, they leave with up to a month's worth of HIV medication in their pockets. What they don't necessarily leave with is access to health care or the services that will keep them healthy in the long term." (NPR)

October 2, 2018

"New York City's district attorneys are on edge. Beginning this week and extending through the month of October, as many as 500 women and teenagers currently imprisoned on Rikers Island and juvenile jail facilities will walk free when volunteers pay their bail." (Boston Review)

October 2, 2018

An excerpt from Shane Bauer's new book, American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment. (Slate)

October 1, 2018

"What does Judges 4-5 mean to abused women who fought back?" (Essay in the Christian Century)

September 24, 2018

"Inmates without teeth in Texas are routinely denied dentures because state prison policy says chewing isn't a medical necessity because they can eat blended food." (ABC News)

September 19, 2018

"Stevenson, who has won national acclaim for his work as an advocate for poor, neglected and marginalized people in America, recently adapted his 2014 bestseller 'Just Mercy' for young adult readers. It takes a close look at the justice system and details his challenges as a lawyer fighting injustice." (CBS News)

September 17, 2018

"Fisher looked at Department of Correction officials at a public hearing in Boston on Thursday. 'Can either of you pick five people you deal with on a regular basis for six months?' she asked. 'Can you narrow it down to five? Can Governor Baker narrow it down to five?'" (MassLive)

September 15, 2018

"...higher education degree programs have long been available to just a small number of prisoners in a few correctional institutions at any given time. Now, that’s about to change: A new consortium of more than a dozen Massachusetts colleges plans to help make the chance to earn a college degree accessible to more inmates throughout the state." (Boston Globe)

September 13, 2018

"There's a cascade of dire problems that can occur even if you're only in jail for one day, says attorney Robin Steinberg. The CEO of The Bail Project -- a national organization that pays bail for tens of thousands of low-income Americans at risk of pretrial detention -- gives her Brief But Spectacular take on disrupting the money bail system and turning the tide on U.S. mass incarceration." (PBS NewsHour)

September 10, 2018

"Since 2015, members of the Asian Pacific Family Club have worked to bring a Japanese healing garden to Oregon State Penitentiary." (NBC News)

September 8, 2018

“'Just about everyone carrying a gun was a convict.'” (Mother Jones)

September 7, 2018

"A groundbreaking law eliminates the controversial practice, but activists fear biases in the new system could expand pre-trial incarceration" (The Guardian)

August 30, 2018

"In the early 19th century, Quakers and Anglicans invented solitary confinement as a method of prison reform. Activists like Francis in the Quaker-rooted Friendly Fire Collective argue that Quakers must 'repent of our violent reformism, and that repentance needs to be material.'" (Sojourners)

August 30, 2018

"Slavery still has never ended in the United States. It continues every day in our prisons." (New York Times opinion piece)

August 29, 2018

"On August 21 — the 47-year anniversary of the death of activist George Jackson, a member of the Black Panther Party who was shot by prison guards — incarcerated people in at least 17 prisons across the country began a nearly three-week-long strike in protest of prison conditions." (The Cut)

August 24, 2018

"Prisoners in 17 states began a three-week strike this week, with many refusing to eat or work to protest what they consider “modern-day slavery” in America’s correctional facilities.
Among other demands, prisoners want to earn more than a few dimes for each hour of work that they do, considering that their work brings in billions of dollars in revenue to state and federal prisons." (Vox)

August 24, 2018

"More than 150 demonstrators pushing for prison reform gathered in front of the Nashua Street jail in Boston Thursday night." (Boston Globe)

August 23, 2018

"Black and Hispanic former prisoners end up in more disadvantaged areas than whites, and many do not find any place to attach to at all." (CityLab)

August 21, 2018

"Incarcerated Americans are often forced to work for cents an hour. So they’re launching what could be their biggest protest ever." (Vox)

August 13, 2018

"The criminal court was funneling millions of dollars a year from poor communities to itself." (The Appeal)

August 9, 2018

"Two years ago, Officer "Smith" was caught lying on an arrest report. He was suspended but kept his job. His misconduct remained secret due to California’s strict laws that protect officer personnel records.
Objective: Help prove your innocence by showing that the cop has a history of lying." (LA Times)

August 9, 2018

"New York City is about to become the first major US city to offer free phone calls from all of their correctional facilities." (Good News Network)

August 7, 2018

"The largest global Christian prison ministry is applauding reports that U.S. President Donald Trump has signaled a willingness to include sentencing reform measures in a pending prison bill." (Catholic News Agency)

August 4, 2018

"Advocates say keeping infants with their mothers, even behind bars, is good for both. Critics say it’s unconstitutional." (NBC News)

August 1, 2018

"A Massachusetts state prison is expanding the graveyard where it buries inmates who die in custody, one consequence of the state's huge increase in aging prisoners." (NPR)

August 2018

"It’s hard to imagine building a successful life without a place to call home, but this basic necessity is often out of reach for formerly incarcerated people." (Prison Policy Initiative)

July 29, 2018

"How an acting program in Sing Sing Correctional Facility is helping inmates confront their darkest emotions and prepare for life on the outside." (Rolling Stone)

July 28, 2018

"A new project funded by the network aligned with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch is tracking and monitoring 1,100 inmates in four states after they are released from prison starting Aug. 1 to help them successfully reintegrate into society." (Washington Post)

July 25, 2018

"The New York city council has passed a bill that would let jailed detainees place domestic phone calls for free." (Quartz)

July 23, 2018

"In Florida, Morris Young is spearheading a bold effort to break the cycle of reoffending by offering prisoners a new life." (The Guardian)

July 17, 2018

"Twenty-two MCI-Shirley inmates received small business management certificates from Mount Wachusett Community College last month as part of the first class of a national pilot program." (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

June 26, 2018

"Candidates hoping to lead the largest prosecutor’s office in Massachusetts fielded questions Tuesday from people who know the criminal justice system perhaps better than anyone: inmates at a Boston jail." (AP)

May 28, 2018

"Clarissa Glenn set out to prove that a Chicago police officer framed her husband. Now the city is reckoning with years of wrongful arrests." (New Yorker)

May 17, 2018

"Even by the standards of the Bay Area, where sourcing local, organic chicken feed is seen as something of a political act, the spectacle of 30,000 fruit and nut trees being tended by formerly incarcerated orchardists is novel." (NY Times)

May 16, 2018

"In a California prison prison hospice, inmates become caregivers to fellow convicts who will never make it out alive." (New York Times)

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