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The growth of women’s incarceration in the United States

Yesterday, the National Research Council released The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences. It’s a useful, long, exhaustive, not particularly surprising, review of the literature on mass incarceration in the United States over the past four decades. Media discussions have managed to avoid the report’s sections on women. Here’s a summary of what the report says about women’s…

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Commercial Rap: A Pipeline to Prison?

  By Sebastien Elkouby on September 19, 2015 In early 2012, a controversial anonymous letter entitled “The Secret Meeting That Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation” hit the internet by storm. The letter, which claims that an unnamed top music industry executive promoted gangsta rap to fill private prisons, was published by hundreds of blogs and websites and was reposted on countless forums, Twitter…

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RECOMMENDED READING !!!!The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

"The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is an absolute must read for all individuals living in this country, especially those with the desire to learn more or understand the system of mass incarceration in this country, and those attempting come up with unique and innovative ways to challenge, and reform this system of justice so that it is truly fair, and…

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WHAT IS THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE?

According to the ACLU, The "school-to-prison pipeline" refers to the policies and practices that push our nation's schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  This pipeline reflects the prioritization of incarceration over education.  For a growing number of students, the path to incarceration includes the "stops" below. Failing Public Schools For…

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The Economics of the American Prison System

Written by: Brian Kincade The American prison system is massive. So massive that its estimated turnover of $74 billion eclipses the GDP of 133 nations. What is perhaps most unsettling about this fun fact is that it is the American taxpayer who foots the bill, and is increasingly padding the pockets of publicly traded corporations like Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group.…

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YOU HAVE THE POWER TO SAVE LIVES!! ACT NOW!

Your help is desperately needed!   According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Chicago reported 500 murders in 2012.  People are dying every day for SENSELESS reasons here in Chicago.  To add insult to injury, Cook County reported 11,842 NEW FELONY CONVICTIONS in the same year.  That’s 11,842 new individuals with extreme barriers to employment and social acceptance to add…

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COLLEGE INSTEAD OF PRISON!

God fearing, Proud, Strong, Extremely Intelligent, Caring, Well mannered, Polite, Gentle, trustworthy, Well Spoken, Non Violent, Ambitious, Loving, Emotionally Stable, Courageous, Respectful of Women, Nature, and other Ethnic groups, Empathetic, Peaceful, Peer Pressure resistant, College bound future Doctors, Lawyers, Politicians and Teachers and businessmen, Future Loving Husbands, Fathers community Leaders and mentors.......This is what the MEN of a THE FELONY FREE…

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“SO, YOU MADE IT!”

So you made it! You paid your debt to society. 10 years of pain and misery; 10 years away from your wife, kids, mother, brothers and sisters; 10 yrs. of physical confrontation fighting for nothing and everything at the same time; 10 years of being told what to do and when to do it; 10 years of dealing with unsavory prison guards;…

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WOMEN IN PRISON, A GROWING PROBLEM!

Women in this country have made some amazing strides. Quite frankly you could argue that they are the backbone of this great nation. If there is a cause worth fighting for, you’ll more than likely find a woman at the front leading the charge. Anything from civil rights, equal rights for women, world hunger, animal rights, homelessness and poverty they…

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