In his weekly video address , on May 13, 2014, United States Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out against the use of solitary confinement for the routine punishment of incarcerated youths. Holder cited its detrimental effect on the development of young people and their ability to thrive when...
On June 2, a federal judge granted a group of people incarcerated at Pelican Bay State Prison permission to pursue a class action against the State of California over its use of solitary confinement. More than five hundred of these inmates have lived in extreme isolation for at least ten years...
I first met Alex Nieto at my friend’s college graduation party. He was polite and laidback, and he told me how he wanted to make a difference in youth’s lives, to move them away from a life of violence. A practicing Buddhist, he had aspirations to become a youth probation officer. The...
In a new report titled US: A Nation Behind Bars , Human Rights Watch, an international human rights organization, gives an excellent overview of the history of incarceration in America. The report is incisive and at times gut wrenching, making it clear that the “Tough on Crime”...
"They say everything is messed up and can never get better, but they don’t understand that they’re the agents of change and each generation has to have something to look forward to, to change momentum."
If you Google “Justice Reinvestment” you will find a very jargon-riddled, wordy definition that goes a little something like this: “ Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to improve public safety, reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending, and reinvest...
2014 has already seen some strong transitions at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Orienting its work now entirely behind a mission to “end mass incarceration” is no small task, and EBC has brought on some powerful staff to move that work forward locally and nationally. Azadeh...
In celebration of her 110th birthday, bloggers look at how and why Ella Baker's work is still relevant today.
Ella’s Song is an a cappella piece written by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and performed by the famous heritage group called Sweet Honey in the Rock . The song is an anthem, a meditation on the ultimate lesson of the freedom fight passed down generationally by Ms. Ella herself that is meant to...
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