April 2009

The conversation about incarceration is slowly changing: The Economist's not-exactly-progressive columnist Lexington recently slammed the United States for a prison system that involves 1 in 31 adults and targets people of color. It's not every day that a major international publication calls out the U.S. for its tendency to use imprisonment as a solution for social problems such as drug use, poverty and mental illness.

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In “Hellhole,” published in the March 30 issue of The New Yorker, Atul Gawande condemns the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons as a form of torture. If solitary confinement is torturous to adults, imagine the impact of prolonged isolation on young people whose brains are still developing.

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With Stimulus Passed, What Now?
This is a guest post by Jerome Ringo, the President of the National Apollo Alliance, one of our key allies in the movement for green-collar jobs.


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