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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.

What It Costs to Give Black Mothers a Second Chance What It Costs to Give Black Mothers a Second Chance

When Sheritha Scott found out about National Mama’s Bailout Day, she had reason not to trust it.

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.

NJ’s Bill Brennan Might Be the Realest Politician You’ve Never Heard Of NJ’s Bill Brennan Might Be the Realest Politician You’ve Never Heard Of

“Yoooo, have you heard of this dude named Bill Brennan?!” My friend intentionally does not use exclamation points as an act of resistance against manufactured cyber emotion; so when I received that excited message last week, I quickly went through my mental Rolodex because it felt as if I should have heard of Bill…

The Pretrial Profit System: How Corporations Make Billions Arresting Poor Blacks The Pretrial Profit System: How Corporations Make Billions Arresting Poor Blacks

In 2008, 18-year-old Demorrea Tarver was out with some friends when he was stopped by the police. Officers found a handgun in the handbag of a minor who was riding with Tarver (Tarver said he didn’t know about the gun) and a small amount of marijuana. The cops arrested Tarver and charged him with three counts of…

7 Reasons Black America Should Fight Marijuana Prohibition 7 Reasons Black America Should Fight Marijuana Prohibition

Take a deep breath. Can you smell the weed smoke billowing in from Colorado and California? Have you read about the citizens of Maine and Massachusetts who turned into zombies from puffing blunts all day? Have you seen the news reports about the scores of people in Oregon and Nevada who overdosed on marijuana? No.…

Watch: Kalief Browder’s Family Discusses the Documentary Series That Exposes His Tragic Story  Watch: Kalief Browder’s Family Discusses the Documentary Series That Exposes His Tragic Story 

Time: The Kalief Browder Story is a six-part docuseries based on the story of Kalief Browder, who spent three years at New York City’s Rikers Island jail without being convicted of a crime. He was arrested at age 16 for a robbery he did not commit. During that time, he endured about two years in solitary confinement,…

Google Just Dropped $11,000,000 to Make Sure #BlackLivesMatter Google Just Dropped $11,000,000 to Make Sure #BlackLivesMatter

Of course, the company didn’t phrase it that way because it would have to spend another $11 million cleaning up all the mess from the white people’s heads that exploded.

#FitTheDescription: The White Privilege Behind Drug Crimes #FitTheDescription: The White Privilege Behind Drug Crimes

Mass incarceration is a crisis. It is a capitalist and racist endeavor that has purposely targeted black and Latinx communities through discriminatory policing, bigotry framed as legislation, and a deep-seated fear of blackness and "otherness." This system is, in large part, fueled by mainstream media for the sole…

#FitTheDescription: The Dehumanizing Brutality of Mass Incarceration #FitTheDescription: The Dehumanizing Brutality of Mass Incarceration

Mass incarceration is a crisis. It is a capitalist and racist endeavor that has purposely targeted black and Latinx communities through discriminatory policing, bigotry framed as legislation, and a deep-seated fear of blackness and "otherness." This system is, in large part, fueled by mainstream media for the sole…

13th and the Invisibleness of Black Women 13th and the Invisibleness of Black Women

Acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th was released on Netflix last week. Masterfully produced and directed by DuVernay, it is a poignant documentary detailing white America’s continual, desperate and ever-changing attempts to maintain racial and legal domination over black people.

Hey Bernie, Hillary: Do You Really Care About Police Brutality in Calif., or Do You Just Want Votes? Hey Bernie, Hillary: Do You Really Care About Police Brutality in Calif., or Do You Just Want Votes?

As Californians prepare to vote in the presidential primary Tuesday, there’s one person we know for sure who won’t be participating. In fact, we will never know which candidate could have earned the vote of Jessica Williams Nelson, a 29-year-old woman from San Francisco.

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