State Sanctioned

A clearinghouse for information, analysis, and resources related to state sanctioned violence in the United States

The War on Crime

Jump down to read about: ArrestBailCivil ForfeitureCommunity PolicingCriminalization of PovertyGeneral CommentaryIdeas for Reform — Mass IncarcerationMilitarization — Monitoring & SupervisionPolice Brutality — Police UnionsPolicing and TechnologyPrison ConditionsPrison LaborPrisoner ResistanceRe-Entry — Solitary Confinement — Trial & Sentencing

See also the War on Drugs — Police Brutality Apps — The Ferguson Effect


Prisoners of a Hard Life by Susan Wilmarth, The Real Cost of Prisons Project


Arresting Justice: A Report About Juvenile Arrests in Chicago, 2009 & 2010, First Defense Legal Aid and Project NIA

Being Arrested is Nearly Twice as Deadly for African Americans as for Whites, Five Thirty Eight, July 23rd, 2015

Beaten Up, Arrested, Jailed: Witnesses of Police Misconduct Often Face Intimidation, The Root, July 11th, 2015

It Takes a Lot of Stop and Frisks to Find One Gun, Leah Libresco in FiveThirtyEight, June 3rd 2015

I’m a Black ex-cop and this is the truth about racist policing, Black Agenda Report, June 2nd, 2015

Class Action Lawsuit, Blaming Police Quotas, Takes on Criminal Summonses, The New York Times, May 18th, 2015

Bail & Pretrial Detention

Federal Lawsuit Seeks to End Money Bail in SF, San Francisco Public Defender, October 29th, 2015 (archived)

New research finds wide racial variation in cash bail in Massachusetts, MassInc, September 28th, 2015

A Night in Brooklyn Criminal Court, New York Times Magazine, August 13th, 2015

The Bail Trap, The New York Times, August 13th, 2015

People Who Should Be Released from Jail are Dying There Instead, Fusion, July 29th, 2015 (archived)

Why Was Sandra Bland Still in Jail? She Couldn’t Pay Her Bail, Slate, July 23rd, 2015

Is Bail Unconstitutional? Slate, June 30th, 2015

When Bail is Out of Defendants’ Reach by Shaila Dewan for the New York Times, June 10th, 2015.

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Civil Forfeiture

Pay to play: How Michigan makes it hard to fight for property seized by the police, MLIVE, November 12th, 2015

Forfeiture package sails through MI legislature, requiring police to disclose profits, MLIVE, October 7th, 2015

Police Shootings Won’t Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People, Mother Jones, September, 2015

How New Mexico is stopping cops from seizing money without a conviction, Al-Jazeera America, July 28th, 2015

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Community Policing & ‘Broken Windows’ Policing

US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

Land of the Free? Innocent Black Men Are Funneled Into Prison Through ‘Quality-of-Life’ Crimes and Tortured Confessions, The Atlanta Black Star, November 12th, 2015 (archived)

The cost of ‘quality of life’ policing: thousands of young black men coerced to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit, The Washington Post, November 11th, 2015

Community Policing is Not the Answer, We Charge Genocide (press release), October 28th, 2015 (archived)

Police Diversity or Community Control? Huffington Post, July 13th, 2015 (archived)

How ‘broken windows policing’ continues to shatter black lives, The Grio, July 10th, 2015

Enough broken windows policing.  We need a community-oriented approach. The Guardian, June 29th, 2015

DOJ Shouldn’t Wait for the Next Crisis in Policing, Huffington Post, June 18th, 2015 (see also Cleveland)

‘Broken Windows’ Policing Does Work, The National Review, June 8th, 2015

These cops are tired of white people getting freaked out by their black neighbors, Washington Post, May 6th, 2015

With Baltimore Unrest, More Debate Over ‘Broken Windows’ Policing, WNPR (NPR-Connecticut), May 4th, 2015

How Broken Windows Policing Puts Fewer Men in Prison, Time Magazine, December 17th, 2014

Criminalization of Poverty (see also Bail  & Broken Windows Policing)

Poverty is Not a Crime (organization)

US inmates charged per night in jail, BBC News, November 9th, 2015

Pay up or go to jail: how a Mississippi town resurrected the debtors’ prison, The Guardian, October 21st, 2015

For Offenders Who Can’t Pay, It’s a Pint of Blood or Jail Time, The New York Times, October 19th, 2015

How to Fight Modern-Day Debtor’s Prisons?  Sue the Courts, The Marshall Project, October 1st, 2015

Welcome to the Courtroom That is Every Renter’s Nightmare, Next City, September 14th, 2015

It’s unconstitutional to ban the homeless from sleeping outside, federal government says, The Washington Post, August 13th, 2015

Criminalizing Poverty, Huffington Post, May 8th, 2015

Why ‘Quality of Life Offenses’ Must Remain Crimes, New York Post, April 27th, 2015

Criminalizing Poverty: A Toxic and Growing Phenomenon, Buzzflash, March 30th, 2015

The Poor Get Prison, Institute for Policy Studies, March 18th, 2015

The Criminalization of Poverty, Washington Post, May 23rd, 2014

The Town That Turned Poverty Into a Prison Sentence, The Nation, March 14th, 2014

Quality of Life Policing” – handout from INCITE/Women of Color Against Violence (PDF: Quality of Life Policing)

General Commentary

The Real Cost of Prisons Project (organization)

When a Prison Closes What Happens to the Prison Town? Christian Science Monitor, January 1st, 2016

White police are killing black kids, Salon, December 30th, 2015

Meet Jay Via: One bad cop, in one county, who did a whole lot of damage, Washington Post, December 11th, 2015

Texas troopers caught skewing racial profiling data by labeling Hispanics and blacks as white, Raw Story, November 10th, 2015

Safety and Justice Complement Each Other, New York Times op-ed, October 29th, 2015

Photographer Wants to Open Your Eyes to the Brutal Realities of the Prison-Industrial Complex, Huffington Post, September 3rd, 2015

The Collateral Victims of Criminal Justice, The New York Times, May 4th, 2015

The Thin Blue Line is a Burning Fuse: Why Every Struggle is Now a Struggle Against the Police, The Hampton Institute, August 19th, 2015

Human Rights Report: US is Violating Judicial Rights and Not Punishing Torture, News Everyday, August 17th, 2015

Could Black People in the U.S. Qualify as Refugees? Washington Post, August 14th, 2015

More Police Killed in States with Higher Levels of Gun Ownership, Mother Jones, August 14th, 2015

The Videos that are Putting Race and Policing into Sharp Relief, New York Times, July 30th, 2015

Last Man Standing (profile of Bill Otis, opponent of criminal justice reform), Slate, July 29th, 2015

Police Aren’t Superheroes and Black Men Aren’t Villains; This Isn’t a Comic Book, The Guardian, July 27th, 2015

The System Isn’t Broken, It Was Designed That Way: A Critical Analysis of Historical Racial Disadvantage in the Criminal Justice System, The Hampton Institute, July 25th, 2015 (archived)

Understanding the Human Cost of Imprisonment, Lacino Hamilton for Truth Out, June 23rd, 2015

Black Man vs. White Man Open Carry an AR-15 in Oregon – See the results! TJ Sotomayor Youtube channel, May 17th, 2015

What Caused the Crime Decline? Brennan Center for Justice, February 12th, 2015

Investigation of 5 cities finds body cameras usually help police, December 7th, 2015


Ideas for Reform

Germany’s Humane Prison System, USA Today, November 4th, 2015

‘Law Enforcement Leaders’ Convene to Stop Mass Incarceration, The Atlanta Black Star, October 23rd, 2015

How to Build Trust in Policing: Measure what Matters, The Marshall Project, October 23rd, 2015

‘We’re arresting the wrong people’: top cops talk the talk on reform, The Root, October 22nd, 2015

Campaign Zero: A Blueprint for Ending Police Violence, San Diego Free Press, August 22nd, 2015

Prominent Ferguson protesters publish anti-police violence policy platform, St. Louis Today, August 21st, 2015

Prison Education Reduces Recidivism by Over 40% – Why Aren’t We Funding More of It?  The Nation, August 17th, 2015

Cameras on cops still in demand a year after Ferguson, CNN-Money, August 7th, 2015

Helping Inmates Pay for College Could Dramatically Reduce Incarceration, Five Thirty Eight, July 31st, 2015

For true penal reform, focus on the violent offenders, Washington Post, July 26th, 2015

Let’s consider leniency for ‘violent’ offenders, too, Los Angeles Times, July 24th, 2015

State Lawmaker Wants to Eliminate ‘Toxic Cops’ Shuffling Between Departments, CBS-Denver, July 6th, 2015

Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Jails: Recommendations for Local Practice, The Brennan Center for Justice, June 25th, 2015

Police Brutality Bill Clears Senate, The Republican American, June 2nd, 2015

Too Many People in Jail?  Abolish Bail by Maya Schenwar op-ed in New York Times, May 8th, 2015

Obama’s Police Reforms Ignore the Most Important Cause of Police Misconduct, Alex Vitale, The Nation, March 6th, 2015

One State is Dealing with Police Brutality in a Way that Everyone Should Follow, Matt Essert for Mic, December 14th, 2014

Mass Incarceration

Prison Map – photo-documentary site shows overhead images of prisons in the U.S.  the site’s creator asks, “what does the geography of incarceration in the United States look like?”

Study: Smaller counties driving US jail population growth, Associated Press, December 15th, 2015

Everyday Life in Incarceration Nation (photo essay),, August, 2015

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie, Prison Policy Initiative, December 2015 (see also coverage from the Huffington Post)

Was a prison built every 10 days to house a fast-growing population of nonviolent inmates? Tampa Bay Times, July 31st, 2015

Beyond Innocence: U.S. Political Prisoners and the Fight Against Mass Incarceration, Dan Berger, TruthOut, July 24th, 2015

In America, mass incarceration has caused more crime than it’s prevented, Quartz, July 22nd, 2015

How Mass Incarceration is Damaging Kids, Take Part, July 15th, 2015

Columbia is first U.S. university to divest from prisons, CNN, June 23rd, 2015 — see also The Columbia Spectator, June 22nd

California’s Prop 47 Reduces Sentences but Won’t End Mass Incarceration, Adam Hudson for TruthOut, June 18th, 2015


40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons are Full of Black and Poor People, Bill Quigley for Black Agenda Report, June 2nd, 2015

Sixteen States Have More People in Prison Cells than in College Dorms, The Grio, March 30th, 2015

Cruel, Unusual, and Crowded: will Brown v. Plata bring mass incarceration to an end? – Sara Mayeaux for Reason, March 2015

This is How Black Girls End up in the School to Prison Pipeline, Dani McClain for The Nation, February 5th, 2015

Stop Fearing our Children: Why Juvenile Incarceration Has Got to Go by Maya Schenwar, in TruthOut, August 14th, 2014

The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women’s Incarceration – Marc Mauer for The Sentencing Project, February 2013

States of Incarceration: The Global Context, Prison Policy Initiative, undated (archived)

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Police Militarization – issue page from Million Hoodies movement for justice

NYPD Unit to Receive Automatic Rifles, UPI, January 1st, 2016

The Most Militarized Universities in America, Vice News, November 6th, 2015

Counterterrorism funds and tools are seeping into local policing, Equal Future, August 26, 2015

In Iraq I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me. Washington Post, July 24th, 2015

National Guard Seeks More Drones for Domestic Missions, Community Radio for Northern Colorado, July 23rd, 2015

Campus Cops Are Shadowy, Militarized, and More Powerful than Ever, Washington Post, July 9th, 2015

New SWAT Documents Give Picture of Ugly Militarization of U.S. Police, The Intercept, July 7th, 2015 – see documents released by the ACLU

Dr. Ben Carson Urges More Social Interaction, Less Militarization for Police Reforms, WBAL-TV 11, June 30th, 2015

Tanks for Nothing: Why Obama’s Plan to Demilitarize Police May be Dead in the Water, Newsweek, June 9th, 2015

War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing, ACLU, June 2014 – download the full report here

Obama to Limit Police Acquisition of Some Military-Style Equipment, NPR, May 18th, 2015

Obama administration bans some military-style assault gear from local police departments, Washington Post, May 18th, 2015

Obama sets new limits on police use of military equipment, Reuters, May 18th, 2015

Counterpoint: Militarization is Not What Ails Ferguson, Go Up State, August 24th, 2014

Monitoring & Supervision

A Prison Sentence Should Stop After Prison, The Daily Beacon (Utah), November 11th, 2015

Immigrants object to growing use of ankle monitors after detention, Los Angeles Times, August 2nd, 2015

Probation May Sound Light, but Punishments Can Land Hard, New York Times, August 2nd, 2015

You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What? New York Times, July 16th, 2015

The Prison Doors Open and You’re Released. Now What? Nicole Flatow, June 21st, 2015

Nationwide Crime Spike has Law Enforcement Retooling Their Approach, NPR, July 1st, 2015

Police Brutality

See also: Efforts to Document

Silence on U.S. police violence rooted in white supremacy, Tasnim News Agency, December 23rd, 2015

The County: the story of America’s deadliest police, The Guardian, December 1st, 2015

Rapists in Blue: Sexual Assault by Police, CounterPunch, November 12th, 2015

Sotomayor rips Supreme Court for letting cops get away with a ‘shoot first, think later’ approach to violence, Raw Story, November 9th, 2015

Supreme Court sides with police; officers using deadly force in chases granted more immunity, LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) Affairs, November 9th, 2015

Bolts from the blue, The Guardian, November 5th, 2015 (examines police use of tasers)

Report Says Half of Black Millennials Know a Victim of Police Abuse, Atlanta Black Star, November 4th, 2015

When Cops Kills, the Terrorists Win, African American Intellectual History Society, October 28th, 2015 (archived)

Artists Against Police Brutality: A Comic Book Anthology – published October 28th, 2015

Is Police Misconduct a Secret in Your State? WNYC News, October 15th, 2015 (archived)

Loretta Lynch: Government Shouldn’t Require Reports of People Killed by Police, The Guardian, October 2nd, 2015

Batman Comic Tackles Police Brutality, Gentrification, The Root, September 16th, 2015

One Year Later, #LastWords Continues to Pay Tribute to Police Brutality Victims, Huffington Post, August 18th, 2015

Podcast: We Still Rely on Volunteers to Tally the Victims of Police Violence, Five Thirty Eight, August 13th, 2015

Michael Brown and “Judge Dredd” System Exemplify America’s Police Brutality Issue, Huffington Post, August 11th, 2015

Data on Use of Force by Police in U.S. Proves Almost Useless, New York Times, August 11th, 2015

Police brutality the topic at national black officials conference, Sun-Sentinel, August 10th, 2015

Ice Cube Sets the Record Straight on ‘Compton,’ Police Brutality, and Suge Knight, The Daily Beast, August 8th, 2015

Tracking Police Violence: A Year After Ferguson, Five Thirty Eight, August 7th, 2015

Body Cams Can Capture Abuse, but Can They End Police Brutality? Alternet, August 3rd, 2015

Training Officers to Shoot First, and He Will Answer Questions Later, New York Times, August 1st, 2015

Police brutality: How UK cops disarmed a knife attacker and why it stirred debate over US practices,, August 1st, 2015

Police brutality is a problem for everyone, Baltimore Sun, July 30th, 2015

Police brutality and Christian pacifist silence, Mennonite World Review, July 29th, 2015

When Cops Get Caught Sanitizing or Flat-Out Lying About Brutality, Huffington Post, July 28th, 2015 (archived)


“Reasons,” Bruce Plante, Tulsa World

America’s Violent Police, Stabroek News, July 25th, 2015

Police Brutality Cases Shape Agenda of National Bar Association, the National Law Journal, July 20th, 2015

Gangs of the State: Police and the Hierarchy of Violence, The Hampton Institute in Truth Out, July 19th, 2015

Why Do I Feel So Vulnerable? Thoughts on Police Brutality Against Black Women, Huffington Post, July 17th, 2015

Why Don’t Settlements Over Police Brutality Come Out of Police Budgets? The American Prospect, July 15th, 2015

Excessive or reasonable force by police? Research on law enforcement and racial conflict, Journalist’s Resource, July 1st, 2015

Prosecutors’ union inadvertently demonstrates why local prosecutors shouldn’t investigate police shootings, Radley Balko for the Washington Post, June 23rd, 2015

Police Killed More Americans in 2014 Than All U.S. Mass Shootings Combined, Mint Press News, June 23rd, 2015

After Freddie Gray: The Kingsley Decision Creates a Crucial New Constitutional Protection Against Police Abuse, Salon, June 22nd, 2015

What Causes Police Brutality? Vanity Fair, June/July, 2015

Poll: Confidence in Police is at a 22-year low, Except with Conservatives and Republicans, John Walker for Fusion, June 19th, 2015

Black Americans are Killed at 12 Times the Rate of People in Other Developed Countries, Nate Silver FiveThirtyEight, June 18th, 2015

All 50 U.S. States Fail to Meet Global Police Use of Force Standards, Laughland and Lartey for The Guardian, June 18th, 2015

who will protect the public

Texas Pool Party Video Tells African Americans They Are Intruders in Suburbia, Rose Hackman for The Guardian, June 9th, 2015

Didn’t McKinney police officer know he was being recorded? – Washington Post, June 8th, 2015

The enemy is the state: how the US justice system started a Civil War, Sergio De La Pava for The Guardian, June 5th, 2015

The U.S. government could count those killed by police, but it chooses not to, The Guardian, June 3rd, 2015

Beating Shows Cost of Police Brutality, op-ed from Detroit Free Press, June 3rd, 2015.  Discusses resolution of lawsuit over the beating of Floyd Dent in Michigan.

Mass Protests Trigger Washington Post Study of Police Killings, Marsha Cole for Black Agenda Report, June 3rd, 2015 — see also update on June 9th

Exploring what it means when police refuse to provide medical attention to their victims, Daily Kos, June 2nd, 2015

Striking Image Flips Narrative of Black Women and Police Brutality, Lily Workneh discusses artwork by Markus Prime

117 Nations Slam American Police Brutality at UN Human Rights Council, Mint Press News, May 13th, 2015

U.S. Cited for Police Violence, Racism, in Scathing U.N. Review on Human Rights – Natasja Sheriff for Al-Jazeera America, May 11th, 2015

When Violence  and Lawlessness are Acceptable, Washington Post (op-ed), May 4th, 2015

Police Killings Almost Never Lead to Murder Charges, Carl Bialik for FiveThirtyEight, May 1st, 2015

When can police use lethal force against a fleeing suspect? PBS Newshour, April 8th, 2015

Tony Robinson, Ruben Garcia, and Police Brutality Against Brown Bodies, A.B. Wilkinson for the Huffington Post, March 17th, 2015

What We Lose When Police Blame Victims, by Julia Craven and Nick King for the Huffington Post

Deep Roots Underlie the Police Brutality Problem by Kevin Gross and Rachel Hinton. The DePaulia

The Real Problem when Police Use Lethal Force,, December 15th, 2014

Extrajudicial Killings Show Grand Jury Reform Long Overdue, Rep. Hank Johnson for Huffington Post, December 10th, 2014

How cops can help citizens better understand police use of force, Police One, September 3rd, 2015

When should police use deadly force? PBS NewsHour, August 22nd, 2014

States of Exception: Police Violence Redux, Devon Pena in MexMigration, August 15th, 2014

Emerging Use of Force Issues: Balancing Public and Officer Safety, report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (COPS), March 2012

Coverage of Police Brutality by Democracy Now

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Police Unions

Cop charged with the murder of Laquan McDonald walks out of jail thanks to police fundraising, Jezebel, December 1st, 2015

There is no war on cops: Police threats against Tarantino are unacceptable, Salon, November 12th, 2015

U.S. cops and their unions are out of control, The Japan Times, November 12th, 2015

How Police Unions are Using Protests, Boycotts, and Shady Tactics to Fight Reform, Vice, November 5th, 2015

Nassau County Police Union Joins Call for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s New Film; Tarantino Defends Remarks, CBS New York, November 4th, 2015

Is Campaign Cash from Police Unions Watering Down Democrats’ Reform Efforts? Truth-Out, October 14th, 2015

Is Black Lives Matter Protecting Police Unions? USA Today, September 17th, 2015

NYPD Union President: Non-Cops “Are Not Qualified” to Judge the Actions of Police, Gawker, September 15th, 2015

FOP seeks donations for officers in ‘extremely lengthy’ Freddie Gray case, The Baltimore Sun, September 14th, 2015

Baltimore FOP Tries to Distance Itself from Offensive Fundraiser T-Shirt, Think Progress, September 8th, 2015

Black Labor Organizers Urge AFL-CIO to Re-examine Its Ties to Police, Truth-Out, August 13th, 2015

FratPoliceResist Police Unions’ Demands to Let Officers Review Video After Shooting Incident, Duluth News-Tribune, July 5th, 2015

DC Police Union Chairman: ‘Ferguson Effect’ Partly to Blame for Violent Weekend, MyFoxDC, June 8th, 2015

The Increasing Isolation of America’s Police, The Washington Post, May 11th, 2015

The Secret Weapon for America’s Beleaguered Police (profiles Jim Pasco, head of the national Fraternal Order of Police), Politico, May 9th, 2015

Baltimore Activists Recount How Police Unions Crushed Accountability Reforms, The Intercept, May 1st, 2015

Let Body Camera Experiment Proceed, Press Enterprise, March 24th, 2015

Police Union President Blames Protesters for Deaths of Two New York City Officers, Think Progress, December 20th, 2014

Policing and Technology (see also Efforts to Document)

It’s Your Right to Film the Police!

YouTube discussion of Police Brutality Apps

Role of Cell Phones in Exposing Police Brutality

Drones and Lethal Robotics: The Future of the Police War on Black Lives, TruthOut, December 23rd, 2015

How to Predict Bad Cops in Chicago, FiveThirtyEight, December 15th, 2015

‘Minority Report’ is Real – And it’s mostly reporting minorities, Mic.Com, November 9th, 2015

Keep calm and hit record: mobile apps help little brother watch Big Brother, Naked Security, November 4th, 2015

Police Killings of Blacks: Here is What the Data Say, New York Times, October 16th, 2015

Eric Garner and Tamir Rice among those missing from FBI record of police killings, October 15th, 2015

Chicago Activists Launch Police Misconduct Database, Inverse, October 2nd, 2015

Car Dash Camera Helps Clear Up Accusation of Police Brutality, Mediaite, August 1st, 2015

Can This Software Prevent Police Brutality?, International Business Times, July 30th, 2015

Can a BlackLivesMatter Twitter Bot Support Activism and Silence Trolls? The Guardian, July 22nd, 2015 – additional coverage from Mashable

Cops, Lies, and Body Cameras, Orchestrated Pulse, March 30th, 2015

Investigation of 5 cities finds body cameras usually help police, Fusion, December 7th, 2014

Does High-Tech Dragnet to Deport Immigrants Go Too Far? NBC News, February 28th, 2014

Prison Conditions

Soul Murder and the American Jail, Melanie Newport, December 13th, 2015

Serving Time in Overcrowded Prisons Makes Ex-Cons More Likely to Re-Offend, Slate, November 12th, 2015

One more reason the PIC is awful: the distance it puts between people, The Grist, October 22nd, 2015

Rikers Island Almost Never Reports Sexual Abuse Complaints, Huffington Post, October 20th, 2015

Peeling Back the Curtain on Prison Rape, Wyatt Evans radio show, August 16th, 2015

In the California Institute for Women, women are dropping like flies, Women in and Beyond the Global, August 2nd, 2015

Hot summer sparks controversy over prison conditions, KSAT-12/ABC, July 29th, 2015

2010 race riot far more serious than reported, Kingman Daily Miner, July 19th, 2015

On the Draft: How Prisoners Suffer Before and After Prison Transfers – TruthOut, July 14th, 2015

Does Barbaric Georgia Prison Cell Depict American Abu Ghraib? – Patrick Jonsson for the Christian Science Monitor, March 31st, 2015

‘Reckless Indifference’: Deadly Heat in Texas Prisons, University of Texas Law School Human Rights Clinic, March, 2015, PDF: 2015-HRC-USA-Reckless-Indifference-Report

Please Stop ‘Reforming’ Pelican Bay by Maya Schenwar in Prison Legal News, August 15th, 2013

Prison Labor and Profiteering 

We should demand prison-free products as adamantly as cage-free eggs, The Guardian, October 7th, 2015

America’s Slave Empire, Chris Hedges, TruthDig, June 21st, 2015

The Latest Evidence of How Private Prisons are Exploiting Inmates for Profit, Gabrielle Canon for Mother Jones, June 17th, 2015

ACLU investigates 5 for-profit prisons in Texas, KSAT-12/ABC, June 10th, 2015

Getting the Money Out of Prison Reform, Dan Berger for Truthout, May 28th, 2015

Pay to Stay – by Dara Lind for, May 26th, 2015; discusses phenomenon of jails and prisons charging inmates for the cost of incarceration.  Related reports available from the Brennan Center for Justice as part of their Criminal Justice Debt project.

How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about, Michael Cohen, the Washington Post, April 28th, 2015

12 Mainstream Corporations Benefiting from the Prison Industrial Complex, Atlanta Black Star, October 10th, 2014

The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business, or a New Form of Slavery? Centre for Research on Globalization, March 31st, 2014

Visiting a Modern-Day Slave Plantation, TruthOut, February 22nd, 2010

Slavery Haunts America’s Plantation Prisons by Maya Schenwar in TruthOut, August 28th, 2008

Prisoner Resistance and Activism

100+ Women Now Refusing to Eat in Texas Immigration Detention Center, Colorlines, November 9th, 2015

Prisoners’ Families Organize to Resist Incarceration and its Costs, TruthOut, October 18th, 2015 (archived)

The inmate who exposed Florida prisons’ culture of cruelty, Miami Herald, August 8th, 2015

Maximum-security prisoners in Utah are on a hunger strike over prison conditions, Fusion, August 5th, 2015

Nearly 1000 inmates moved from prison after unrest, KSAT-12/ABC, February 24th, 2015 (archived)

Can DIY Flipbooks Become the YouTube of Prison? Narratively, not dated


A Criminal Record and College, New York Times (op-ed), November 25th, 2015

John Oliver blasts our $80 billion prison and parole system that is setting ex-cons up to fail, Raw Story, November 9th, 2015

Freedom, Finally, After a Life in Prison, New York Times, August 21st, 2015

We Talked to One of the 46 Inmates Barack Obama Released from Prison,, July 21st, 2015

You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What? New York Times, July 16th, 2015

The Prison Doors Open and You’re Released. Now What? Nicole Flatow, June 21st, 2015

Cookie Lyon of Fox’s ‘Empire,’ Sheds Rare Light on Black Women’s Incarceration and Re-entry, Huffington Post, March 27th, 2015

Solitary Confinement

Instead of Protecting Incarcerated LGBTQ People from Violence, Prisons Put Them in Solitary, Bitch Media, November 2nd, 2015

A Play That Confronts the Horror of Solitary Confinement, The New Yorker, October 19th, 2015

#Abolish Solitary – social media campaign from Critical Resistance, July-August, 2015

Obama, in Criminal Justice Speech, Denounces Over-Use of Solitary Confinement, Solitary Watch, July 14th, 2015

Solitary Confinement Makes Teenagers Depressed and Suicidal, Ian Kysel for Washington Post (op-ed), June 17th, 2015

Activists Bring Solitary Confinement to College Campus for Alvaro Luna Hernandez, Mintpress News, June 15th, 2015

60 Days in Solitary Confinement at a Women’s Prison (video), AJ+, June 10th, 2015

The Disturbing Sounds of Solitary Confinement, PBS Frontline, April 21st, 2014

Trial and Sentencing 

The Injustice of the Plea Bargain System, The Wall Street Journal, December 3rd, 2015

Crime lab scandals just keep getting worse, Slate, October 29th, 2015

Should Prison Sentences Be Based on Crimes That Haven’t Been Committed Yet? FiveThirtyEight blog, August 4th, 2015

Life Without Parole, The Marshall Project, July 10th, 2015

Ruling Against ‘Three Strikes’ Opens Door for Reform, TruthOut, June 30th, 2015

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