Cyntoia Brown

Court Rejects Cyntoia Brown’s Appeal

by Shantell E. Jamison   Feb 19, 2018

Cyntoia Brown’s appeal in January was rejected last week. If you recall, Brown had the support of everyone from Rihanna to Kim Kardashian when... Read More

prison

How Trump’s Criminal Justice Plan is Really More For-Profit Incarceration

by Jennifer Epps-Addison and Kumar Rao   Apr 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s recent moves on criminalization, like his immigration orders, are designed to oppress communities of color by encouraging excessive law enforcement and enticing... Read More

Valentine

Offering a Valentine for Louisiana Children Facing the System Alone

by Gina Womack   Feb 14, 2017

For many of us, thinking about Valentine’s Day conjures childhood memories of making an assortment of handmade cards that eventually were posted on the refrigerator by... Read More

Atlanta

‘Atlanta’ Opens Up Conversations About Mental Health and Incarceration

by Shanita Hubbard   Sep 28, 2016

Recently, I was watching an episode of FX’s new hit comedy Atlanta when a conversation between Earn (Donald Glover) and Darius (Keith Stanfield) struck... Read More

It’s Time We Recognize Black Lives Matter Behind Bars, Too

It’s Time We Recognize Black Lives Matter Behind Bars, Too

by J. Soffiyah Elijah   Aug 12, 2016

Similar to police officers on the streets, violence between guards in jails and prisons is a crucial problem that has gone from brutality to... Read More

Repping and Reforming Through Hip-Hop at Rikers Island

Repping and Reforming Through Hip-Hop at Rikers Island

by Ryan K. Smith   Jun 27, 2016

In Empire's second season, during the his short prison bid, Lucious Lyon smuggled recording equipment inside, and dropped the fictitious street banger, “Snitch B*tch.” Sure,... Read More

The Lesser Known Hindrance for the Formerly Incarcerated

The Lesser Known Hindrance for the Formerly Incarcerated

by Kristen Clarke   Apr 13, 2016

The emerging consensus that our country’s punitive and costly experiment with mass incarceration has failed is one of the most important developments for racial... Read More

Bill Clinton, “Black Lives” and the Myths of the 1994 Crime Bill

Bill Clinton, “Black Lives” and the Myths of the 1994 Crime Bill

by The Marshall Project   Apr 12, 2016

Bill Clinton’s recent confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters in Philadelphia has rekindled debate about the wisdom and political realities of the massive 1994 federal... Read More

How Reality TV Tackles the Issue of Black Incarceration

How Reality TV Tackles the Issue of Black Incarceration

by Taja Lindley   Apr 01, 2016

Our families may be reluctant to talk about the rebellious cousin or mysterious uncle who’s been “away” for years, but the fact is that... Read More

Why Casting a Ballot Is More Crucial Than Ever for Black Men

Why Casting a Ballot Is More Crucial Than Ever for Black Men

by Dr. Larry Walker   Mar 04, 2016

This November’s election represents an important opportunity for Black men. In urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods throughout the United States, Black men face higher... Read More