Prison Reform

An Arrest, a Suicide, a Year Later: The Lasting Tragedy of Kalief Browder

An Arrest, a Suicide, a Year Later: The Lasting Tragedy of Kalief Browder
Almost one year ago today, The New Yorker published the story of a young man named Kalief Browder, who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. Accused of stealing a backpack in 2010 at the age of 16, he was held on Rikers for more than 1,000 days waiting for a trial that never happened. His brutal detention included, among other abuses, two years in solitary confinement and beatings by officers and inmates. This tragedy of criminal justice was further compounded last June when, two years after his case was dismissed for lack of evidence, Browder, 22, committed suicide.
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The Uptake Video: Obama Confronts Prison Reform Issues at NAACP

The Uptake Video: Obama Confronts Prison Reform Issues at NAACP
"We keep more people behind bars than the top 35 European countries combined," President Obama told the NAACP's annual convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday. He added, "the people in our prisons have made some mistakes and some big mistakes. But they are also Americans, and we have to make sure that as they do their time and pay back their debt to society, that we are increasing the possibility that they can turn their lives around."
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Part 5: Private Prisons - Sweetheart Contracts Fill Beds & Pad Profits

Part 5: Private Prisons - Sweetheart Contracts Fill Beds & Pad Profits
At 192% occupancy, Alabama's prisons are so overcrowded that some fear a federal takeover. It's likely that some sort of prison reform (or maybe just a building spree) will be a major topic of the 2015 legislative session. And when the private prison lobbyists start waving donation checks and ALEC-inspired bills at legislators, there's a good chance some form of privatization will be under discussion.  
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Head Sick: California's Budget Revision Discriminates Against Mentally Ill

Head Sick: California's Budget Revision Discriminates Against Mentally Ill
In the midst of California's continued budget woes, once again it's the mentally ill and financially troubled citizens who are getting lost in the bureaucratic shuffle.
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