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Watch: To Understand How Harmful Juvenile Incarceration Is, Listen to This Poem

In a spoken-word poem, Dwayne Betts details the emotional impacts of juvenile incarceration.

Rikers Doesn’t Put Teens in Solitary; Other New York Jails Do

This article was published in partnership with Caught, the new podcast on juvenile justice from WNYC Studios and the Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal-justice system. Sign up for its newsletter or follow the Marshall Project on Facebook or Twitter.

Where’s My Village? Where’s My Village?

Editor’s note: This is the second of two essays The Root is publishing in partnership with Caught, a new podcast from WNYC Studios about the juvenile-justice system. We hope to generate a conversation about how we can support rather than merely punish young people who are in crisis, and we want to hear from you too.…

How to Stop Locking Up Kids How to Stop Locking Up Kids

Editor’s note: This is the first of two essays The Root is publishing in partnership with Caught, a new podcast from WNYC Studios about the juvenile-justice system. We hope to generate a conversation about how we can support rather than merely punish young people who are in crisis, and we want to hear from you too. Go…

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Invests in App Aimed at Improving Our Criminal-Justice System Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Invests in App Aimed at Improving Our Criminal-Justice System

Want to know what phase the moon is in? There’s an app for that. Want to track your meals? There are dozens of apps for that. Want to see which works of art your face resembles? There’s an app for that, too.

Watch: Freed After 20 Years in Prison, but Now the Government Wants to Send Him Back

Matthew Charles was released in 2016 after being incarcerated for more than 20 years. But now the Justice Department wants to send him back to prison.

New Jersey Prisons Lift Ban on Award-Winning Book The New Jim Crow  New Jersey Prisons Lift Ban on Award-Winning Book The New Jim Crow 

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, 1:15 p.m. EST: After being called out by the ACLU for banning an award-winning book about mass incarceration, New Jersey said that it has lifted the ban on Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.

1st Rikers Island Jail to Close by Summer  1st Rikers Island Jail to Close by Summer 

The first of nine jails at the Rikers Island complex in New York City will be shut down by the summer, the city’s Department of Correction announced Tuesday afternoon.

Baltimore’s Latest Plan to Clamp Down on Crime: Tricking and Trapping Youths Baltimore’s Latest Plan to Clamp Down on Crime: Tricking and Trapping Youths

With the number of lethal and nonlethal shootings, robberies and assaults on the rise in Baltimore, police and government officials are clamoring for ways to make sense of what is happening. But even with public finger-pointing and posturing, there still isn’t a consensus about who should be blamed for the current…

The Bizarre Case of Meek Mill’s Incarceration, Explained The Bizarre Case of Meek Mill’s Incarceration, Explained

Let me make this clear: I’m not team #FreeMeekMill, but I am team #FreeRobertRihmeekWilliams.

Appolition Is the App That Takes Spare Change and Turns It Into Bail Money Appolition Is the App That Takes Spare Change and Turns It Into Bail Money

When it comes to incarceration, being able to be granted bail and then to come up with the bail money are two of main components that keep people locked up.

Study Shows That Black Men Serve Longer Prison Sentences Than White Men Convicted for the Same Crime; Also, Water Is Wet Study Shows That Black Men Serve Longer Prison Sentences Than White Men Convicted for the Same Crime; Also, Water Is Wet

I’m taking it for granted that anyone who knows anything about the American criminal-justice system could hazard a guess that black men end up serving longer prison sentences than white men who commit the same crimes. But just in case you needed solid evidence to cite in your next argument with your racist aunty, a…

Philly Residents Proved How Voting Can Help End Mass Incarceration Philly Residents Proved How Voting Can Help End Mass Incarceration

When talking about inequality in the criminal-justice system, we often focus on the war on drugs, crooked cops or the prison-industrial complex. But insiders know there is one part of America’s legal system that has an outsized influence on convictions, sentencing and incarceration:

Investigation Finds Prison Guards Forced Inmates to Walk Around Naked Wearing Leashes Investigation Finds Prison Guards Forced Inmates to Walk Around Naked Wearing Leashes

A state investigation details the cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners at an Alaska correctional facility. The investigation reveals an incident in which corrections officers forced male inmates to strip naked in front of female guards, placed dog leashes around their necks and paraded them around the prison…

How 1 Black Woman Goes Inside Fla.’s Toughest Prisons to Help Inmates Get ‘Free on the Inside’ How 1 Black Woman Goes Inside Fla.’s Toughest Prisons to Help Inmates Get ‘Free on the Inside’

Facing a decade and a half in prison couldn’t stop her. Losing a loved one to suicide didn’t destroy her. Battling loss and pain while raising three children was not enough to make her quit.

2 Arrested at Baltimore City Council Hearing That Proposes Mandatory Minimum for Handgun Possession 2 Arrested at Baltimore City Council Hearing That Proposes Mandatory Minimum for Handgun Possession

All hell broke loose and two people were arrested at a Baltimore City Hall hearing for a proposed mandatory one-year sentence for possession of an illegal handgun—a bill that some say will continue to exacerbate the mass incarceration of young people of color.

New Study: Young Black Men Are Serving the Longest of Increasingly Longer Prison Sentences New Study: Young Black Men Are Serving the Longest of Increasingly Longer Prison Sentences

Although criminal-justice reform has gotten a lot of airtime in the last few years—with some victories in dribs and drabs—a recent study found that the average amount of time served behind bars rose by about five years from 2000 to 2014.

Mo. Parole Board Plays Dumb Games With Prisoners, Urging Them to Say Words Like ‘Platypus’ and ‘Hootenanny’ During Hearings Mo. Parole Board Plays Dumb Games With Prisoners, Urging Them to Say Words Like ‘Platypus’ and ‘Hootenanny’ During Hearings

In more news from the world of the white and privileged, members of the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole callously played with inmates during their parole hearings by trying to get them to say ridiculous words such as “platypus” and “manatee,” or mention specific song titles, for points.

Donald Trump Will Light Up the White House in Blue to Support Police Who Face ‘Unfair Defamation and Vilification’ Donald Trump Will Light Up the White House in Blue to Support Police Who Face ‘Unfair Defamation and Vilification’

President Donald Trump believes that his fellow politicians are not as supportive to police as they should be, and he said Monday that officers on the beat are subject to “unfair defamation and vilification” that have made their jobs more dangerous.

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