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Families with an incarcerated family member struggle with basic needs such as food and housing, according to a survey by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together and other community organizations that work with imprisoned individuals, the New York Times reports .
A report released on Tuesday from Forward Together, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Research Action Design, the result of a yearlong survey of 712 formerly incarcerated people and 368 of their family members across 14 states, finds that the costs of incarceration extend far beyond an...
The social harms of mass incarceration spread far beyond prison walls, with families enduring direct human rights abuses and women—who are disproportionately black—bearing the brunt of the poverty and trauma associated with having a loved one locked up. These are the devastating...
The report, spearheaded by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together and Research Action Design, showed that 48 percent of surveyed families were saddled with costs associated with a conviction that they could not afford, and a majority of formerly incarcerated individuals, 67...
A new report co-authored by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights details how the harms of mass incarceration extend far beyond prison walls with the criminal justice system trapping inmates' families in poverty with a wide range of fines, fees, and debts...
"We're talking about the health and lives of young people who are endangered by this practice," Jennifer Kim, Ella Baker Center's director of programs, told me yesterday. Kim helped write the legislation and has repeatedly amended the bill in response to criticisms of correction...
On the August 20th edition of Your Call, we continue our week-long series on the US prison system by discussing rehabilitation. In 2011, Governor Brown signed California’s realignment bill to reduce the state’s prison population. As of last week, it was down by 27,000. What resources...
“It has absolutely no rehabilitative value,” said Jennifer Kim, director of programs for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. The Oakland group has for several years been pushing for legislation to significantly curtail the practice in California’s youth facilities...
At the Ella Baker Center, we are really trying to talk about mass criminalization and issues of state violence in broader, more honest terms. We’re trying to orient talk about these issues around the concept of truth and reinvestment...
Zachary Norris is executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which opposed the California measure. Norris says policymakers should work to prevent violence, not simply react after it occurs.