In The News

Read the latest coverage of our work in the media, as well as the opinion pieces written by our team. To interview anyone on our staff, please contact Zaineb Mohammed: zaineb@ellabakercenter.org, 510-285-8236. 

Who bears the cost of incarceration?

A new study looks beyond the tally of prison populations and taxpayer dollars to take stock of the human costs of mass incarceration. Marc Mauer from The Sentencing Project, Wade Henderson from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne and Rep... Read More

Even if prison time is over, it's a life sentence for many

Sixty-seven percent of formerly incarcerated people were unemployed or underemployed five years after their release, according to a report by Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together and Research Action Design. The report, titled “Who pays? The True Costs of Incarceration on... Read More

Should People With Criminal Histories Be Banned From Public Housing?

A new report from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights explains the costs of discrimination against the formerly incarcerated: 79 percent of formerly incarcerated people surveyed in the report said they were denied housing or determined ineligible for it; 18 percent of families surveyed had faced... Read More

Are Black Women Paying the Costs of Incarceration?

According to Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families , a new report by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights , Forward Together , and Research Action Design , not only are Black women largely footing the bill for our nation’s overreliance on incarceration, they are also often... Read More

Families pay the heftiest price for mass incarceration, new study says

Mass incarceration may cost the U.S. a whopping $80 billion a year — but the bulk of the burden still falls on the families of those imprisoned, according to a report published earlier this week. The study — which was led by advocacy groups Ella Baker Center, Forward Together and... Read More

Are Americans Finally Facing Up to the True Costs of Mass Incarceration?

Wilson-Johnson is one of nearly 1,100 people interviewed for a report released this week about the long-term financial and emotional costs of incarceration. Unlike most discussions of the costs of prisons, which tend to frame the issue in terms of the burden to taxpayers, this latest effort... Read More

Study Reveals the Financial Impact of Mass Incarceration on Families

A new study looks beyond the oft-reported topline numbers surrounding incarceration in America to capture the personal costs associated with having a family member in the penal system. “Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families” quantifies the real and lasting collateral... Read More

How America's Prison System Punishes Women and Families

Now, a new report finds that the debts reverberate far beyond incarcerated individuals: Court fees and jail time take their toll on families who are often responsible for the fees individuals can't pay. The report, led by Forward Together and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, an advocacy... Read More

How Women of Color Pay for the Hidden Costs of Prison

Women—in particular, women of color—bear the brunt of the negative financial and emotional effects of a loved one’s incarceration, according to a new report from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a California-based racial and economic justice advocacy organization, and... Read More

The True Cost of Incarceration on Families

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together, and Research Action Design, in collaboration with twenty other organizations across the country, released a report documenting the effect of incarceration on families. Some of their findings included that due to the loss of income, one in... Read More