Smells Like Broken Teen Spirit

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Rikers Island’s culture of violence against teen prisoners makes broken teen spirit, and shows a deeper social ill.

Wormwood Scrubs Exposed: The Inside Story

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“No one knows what really goes on inside a prison unless they are invited through its iron doors.” Read Wormwood Scrubs.

Yoga Gains Traction Behind Razor Wire

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Could the mindfulness of yoga be a key to prison reform and reduced crime rates?

Attorney General Eric Holder Set to Retroactively Reduce Drug Sentences

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The proposal is part of a broader rethinking of criminal justice policy within the Obama administration.

So What if I am your Meal Ticket

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How can a prisoner transform himself into a good man?

‘Fearful Inheritance’: What the Case for Reparations Means for Jail and Prison Reform

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To repair the harm caused by the legacy of American racism and white supremacy, we must look beyond the cages we have built to hide the consequences of our history from ourselves.

Nell Bernstein and the Abolition of Juvenile Prisons

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“The statistic is horrific. One in three children will be arrested by the time they are 23 and many of them will spend time in detention centers, actually prisons, who do little to rehabilitate. In fact, each year some two million children are arrested in this country.”

Human Rights Ignored in Prisons Around the World

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Men make up the vast majority of the global prison population and for many their human rights are violated under the name of “policy.”

Minister Makes Prison Reform his Mission

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Hans Hallundbaek helps ex-felons re-enter society while raising vital questions about the prison system.

LOCKED UP: Mandatory Life Without Parole

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Over 2,000 Americans are serving life sentences for drug charges. This documentary seeks to free six of them.

Why Is California Trying To Build More Jails?

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California wants to add $500 million in lease-revenue bonds to fund county jail expansion, on top of the $1.2 billion in jail expansion funds from the years prior. Whats wrong with this picture?

Reform Protest Inside Alabama Prisons

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Bad men try to do a little good working from inside Alabama’s dysfunctional prison system.

A Fifteen Year Old Trans Girl In A Men’s Prison? Are You Kidding Me?

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In what world is it okay to throw a fifteen year old girl in a men’s prison? Not one that I want to be apart of. – Al-Jazeera America is reporting on an especially disturbing story this week coming out of one of America’s northeastern liberal bastions, Connecticut.  A transgender teenager in Connecticut was transferred […]

How Society is Endangering Itself: The Problems With Trying Juvenile Delinquents as Adults

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It’s extremely foolish to ignore the psychological and social challenges that contribute to delinquency among juveniles. We must first recognize that young people are not criminals and shouldn’t be treated as such.

Watch: An Honest Breakdown of the Racist Origins and Outcomes of the ‘War on Drugs’

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In this very honest, historically accurate, and informative video, Ethan Nadelmann, Executor Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, brilliantly explains the shockingly racist origins and outcomes of the failed “War on Drugs.”

Growing Number of States Moving Away from Juvenile Solitary Confinement

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Behold the landscape of juvenile solitary confinement, and how quickly it can change.