Hayes Morehouse

Video: Fixing Juvenile Justice
Watch this excellent new PBS documentary about how innovators are helping kids in Baltimore are using restorative justice lessons learned from the Maori people of New Zealand. It's exciting to see the beginning of movement beyond just punishment. Hopefully someday soon these types restorative justice principles can be used throughout our justice system. Enjoy!   

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On March 20, 2003, the United States invaded Iraq under the pretense of ridding the country of weapons of mass destruction. Nearly 10 years later, President Obama addressed the issue of violence at home in his State of the Union, but it seems that we’re already forgetting some of the lessons we - and the Iraqi people - paid so dearly to learn.

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Private Prisons: "Horrific"
Last week, I spoke with LaNita Mitchell, a Families for Books Not Bars member who hasn't seen her son in 3 years because he's in a private prison in Oklahoma.

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"I Have a Dream"
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, and shared that dream with hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall. Today, with more than 2 million people locked behind bars, we have a dream to reduce the incarceration rate by 50% in the next 10 years. Let's get started now.

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The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA just announced that they're considering converting the company to a Real Estate Investment Trust, which is a special tax designation for real estate companies.

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In the aftermath of an electoral defeat in which most immigrants voted Democratic, Republicans are again saying they're for "comprehensive" immigration reform. Earlier this week, three Republican Senators introduced the ACHIEVE Act, a watered down version of the DREAM Act.

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Good news! We just heard from our friends at Enlace that Wells Fargo has rid itself of most of its holdings in the private prison company Geo Group.

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Locked Out of the Conversation
City council members and other elected leaders have a responsibility to foster public debate, discussion and dialog, not suppress it. But that's not what happened in Oakland last night.

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National Night Out
National Night Out proves that all you have to do is give people a reason for them to come together.

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The dust has settled. Bugs have been ironed out. New photos have been uploaded. Ella Baker Center's brand new website is finally live!

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