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Jon Stewart Interviews Director of ‘The House I Live In’ and Talks about Devastating Consequences of the ‘War on Drugs’

Director Eugene Jarecki’s new film, The House I Live In, looks at the extreme human and financial costs of the so the called War on Drugs that has ruined millions of lives and led to the mass incarceration of millions of … Continue reading

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Civil Rights News: Inhumane Treatment of Prisoners in Solitary Confinement; Native American Tribes in Harmful Proximity to Coal-Burning Plants; Lasting Power of the NAACP

Compiled by Tori Kim, a Summer 2012 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Destroying the Soul (Opinion) Colin Dayan Washington Post In this opinion article, Dayan strongly denounces the practice of solitary confinement and the existence of Supermax facilities, which isolate … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t You Want to Call Your Mom on Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is a time to cherish the special connections in our families. Yet for the over 2 million people in our prison system, those connections are only maintained through a phone. Making calls from prison are expensive and up to … Continue reading

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Civil Rights News: Voting Rights Legislation Threatens Democracy; House Budget Targets Low-Income Americans to Sustain Military Spending; Justice Department Targets Constitutional Violations in a New Orleans Prison

Compiled by Wally McElwain, a Spring 2012 intern. A Vote for Universal Registration Katrina Vanden Heuvel Washington Post Over the last year, 34 state legislatures have proposed legislation that could potentially disenfranchise 5 million Americans. Seven states have passed laws … Continue reading

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Resources and Reports: Private Prisons, Anti-Immigrant Laws, Voting Rights, Criminal Justice Reform

Compiled by Sandy Thomas, a Spring 2012 intern The Sentencing Project’s latest report, “Too Good to be True: Private Prisons in America,” examines the recent increase in the use of private prisons and inspects their cost effectiveness. Among the report’s … Continue reading

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Troy Davis Execution Date Set

Troy Davis execution date set. Continue reading

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Thousands in Prison for Crack Offenses Could Have Harsh Sentences Reduced

As many as 12,000 people currently incarcerated for crack offenses could see their sentences reduced due to the U.S. Sentencing Commission unanimously deciding to apply more lenient federal sentencing guidelines retroactively.  Changes to the guidelines were prompted by the passage … Continue reading

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