Ella's Voice

Welcome to the blog of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights! This is where we share reflections from the movement to end mass incarceration and criminalization, analysis on criminal, economic, and racial justice issues, and updates on our work. Please read, share, and comment.

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...
The way the U.S. has fought its “War on Drugs,” much like its “War on Terror”, has severely damaged our credibility as a...
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...
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. Apollo Alliance Answers $789 billion Question...