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Open Democracy: Can the prison system be transformed? Open Democracy: Can the prison system be transformed?

Open Democracy: Can the prison system be transformed?

Shaka Senghor spent seven out of his 19 years in prison in solitary confinement, known to other inmates as ‘the hole’ or ‘administrative segregation’ in the official language of the U.S. prison system - a term... Read more
CNN: A cause that unites the left and right CNN: A cause that unites the left and right

CNN: A cause that unites the left and right

(CNN) In Washington, we are seeing the re-emergence this year of a phenomenon that many Americans were afraid had gone extinct: real live no-joke bipartisanship. Heavyweights from both parties are attending the March 26 Bipartisan Summit on... Read more
Politico: Charles Koch, Liberal Crusader? Politico: Charles Koch, Liberal Crusader?

Politico: Charles Koch, Liberal Crusader?

It was something of a surreal moment. Charles de Ganahl Koch, the nerdy multibillionaire from Wichita who has become known as the Rasputin of the American Right, was trying to explain to me why he was... Read more
The Marshall Project: How to Cut the Prison Population by 50 Percent The Marshall Project: How to Cut the Prison Population by 50 Percent

The Marshall Project: How to Cut the Prison Population by 50 Percent

A growing number of criminal justice reform organizations, among them the ACLU, Rebuild the Dream, and Just Leadership USA, are uniting behind one big goal: to reduce the prison population by 50 percent within the... Read more
The Atlantic: Do the Koch Brothers Really Care About Criminal-Justice Reform? The Atlantic: Do the Koch Brothers Really Care About Criminal-Justice Reform?

The Atlantic: Do the Koch Brothers Really Care About Criminal-Justice Reform?

Some liberal critics see the conservative billionaires' latest crusade as a PR stunt. Could it advance the cause anyway? Here is the thing the Koch brothers wish their critics understood: They just want to help... Read more
BuzzFeedNews: Democrats, Republicans Will Try To Reduce Mandatory-Minimum Sentences BuzzFeedNews: Democrats, Republicans Will Try To Reduce Mandatory-Minimum Sentences

BuzzFeedNews: Democrats, Republicans Will Try To Reduce Mandatory-Minimum Sentences

The Smarter Sentencing Act is being reintroduced by a bipartisan coalition of conservative and liberal senators. Update: A White House official said the Obama administration “applauds” the effort. WASHINGTON — The White House and prominent Democratic... Read more
Sacramento Bee: Finally, a movement to roll back the prison industry Sacramento Bee: Finally, a movement to roll back the prison industry

Sacramento Bee: Finally, a movement to roll back the prison industry

The “tough on crime” movement of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s ended up as a movement toward mass incarceration. The “lock ’em up” mentality succeeded at turning the home of the free into the land... Read more
Fast Company: It's Time for Tech to Embrace Prison Reform Fast Company: It's Time for Tech to Embrace Prison Reform

Fast Company: It's Time for Tech to Embrace Prison Reform

  LET'S EMBRACE PRISON REFORM, RATHER THAN JUST RETHINK EDUCATION AND IMMIGRATION, TO HELP ADDRESS OUR LABOR ISSUES.  BY BARATUNDE THURSTON Shaka Senghor spent 19 years in prison for murder. Since his release in 2010,... Read more
Bloomberg: Rand Paul's Crazy Dream of a Libertarian-Democratic Alliance on Civil Rights Is Actually Happening Bloomberg: Rand Paul's Crazy Dream of a Libertarian-Democratic Alliance on Civil Rights Is Actually Happening

Bloomberg: Rand Paul's Crazy Dream of a Libertarian-Democratic Alliance on Civil Rights Is Actually Happening

  On the morning before attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch would face Congress, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul re-introduced a bill that would tie her hands. Paul and a crew of congressmen—Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison, Michigan... Read more
Yahoo: Unlikely bedfellows unite on criminal justice reform Yahoo: Unlikely bedfellows unite on criminal justice reform

Yahoo: Unlikely bedfellows unite on criminal justice reform

Only one issue in Washington right now could bring together the Koch brothers’ top lawyer, an environmental activist, the former head of the NRA and Sen. Al Franken. In a city best known for dysfunction... Read more
 

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