Books Not Bars

Cut more or spend more? A recent decision to close schools in Pennsylvania shows just how irrelevant that question is.

TAGS: School-to-prison pipeline
Why Louisiana Senator Vitter’s proposal to deny food stamps to formerly incarcerated people is bad policy for all of us.

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On May 23, 2013, California took a crucial step towards ending solitary confinement in youth prisons when SB 61 passed the Senate Appropriations committee.

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On May 14, 2013 Los Angeles Unified School District banned suspension for “willful defiance," a major victory for unfairly impacted youth of color.

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MOMS (Mothers of Many Sons) is a support group for parents of incarcerated youth, inspired by the author's experience in our Books Not Bars campaign.

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The failed War on Drugs has its own Auto-Tuned music video now. But what else do we need to keep the pressure on and end it once and for all?

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Groups protest San Mateo County plan to build jail on polluted land

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The damaging effects of solitary confinement have been well documented, as has its use for minor, even non-criminal offenses. This torture must stop.

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Is that policy you read about really going to help end the War on Drugs? Use these seven key definitions to figure it out.

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Whenever I look at statistics about the failed War on Drugs, I always hear these lyrics from “White Lines” in my head: A street kid gets arrested, gonna do some time He got out three years from now just to commit more crime

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