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Reverend Sanders

Private Prisons Eat Our Humanity

By Reverend Edwin C. Sanders II, Senior Servant and Founder, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church at 2:30pm
Somebody figured out, once again, how to build a machine that can quantify the life of an African-American man and make money off him. They figured out how to use the value of his body to fuel their machine. They learned how to drive its engine, and how to turn a profit. They call it prison privatization. I call it mining black gold, and I have watched black gold be mined from the streets of my community every day.
A Most Unsurprising Riot

A Most Unsurprising Riot

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 4:22pm

Originally posted on The Marshall Project.

Life inside the infamous Willacy immigration prison.

No one who has been to Willacy County Correctional Center or the other dozen private, for-profit "criminal alien requirement" prisons around…

Jail Doesn't Help Addicts. Let's Stop Sending Them There.

Jail Doesn't Help Addicts. Let's Stop Sending Them There.

By Kara Dansky, Senior Counsel, ACLU Center for Justice at 11:17am

Misti Barrickman has scoliosis. Since she was a teenager, it's been debilitating. It hurt to lie down. It hurt to stand up.

She started taking Oxycontin to help with the pain and became addicted. She came to Seattle to find large quantities…

A Close Shave for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

A Close Shave for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 10:26am

To shave or not to shave? That is the question the Supreme Court will consider today as it once again turns to fundamental issues of religious liberty.

This morning, the justices will hear oral argument in Holt v. Hobbs, a Muslim prisoner's…

The Wal-Mart Model: Not Just for Retail, Now It’s for Private Prisons Too!

The Wal-Mart Model: Not Just for Retail, Now It’s for Private Prisons Too!

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 12:02pm

The nation's biggest and baddest for-profit prison company suddenly cares about halfway houses – so much so, that they want in on the action.

About a year after acquiring a smaller firm that operates halfway houses and other community corrections…

Prison corridor

CCA Continues to Cite Misleading Study It Funded

By Christopher Petrella, Researcher, U.C. Berkeley at 10:07am

As an academic, it’s my job to be a skeptic. 

That’s why, when two researchers at Temple University published a study last year claiming that for-profit prison companies can save states lots of money, I wanted to know how they’d…

Immigrants Rights are Civil Rights

Gov. Brewer, Heed Your Own Advice

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 11:30am

Several weeks ago, when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the anti-gay Senate Bill 1062, she urged us to "turn the ugliness of the debate … into a renewed search for greater respect and understanding." She cited "non-discrimination" as a core value among Arizonans...

Will Nelson Mandela's Solitary Confinement Inspire Positive Change?

Will Nelson Mandela's Solitary Confinement Inspire Positive Change?

By David Fathi, National Prison Project at 3:55pm

It's a short walk from my hotel here in Cape Town to the waterfront. From there you can see Robben Island, the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters were incarcerated during the darkest days of apartheid.

During his…

"I'm Still Gonna Be Me": Leading the Charge for Change in Prisons and Everywhere Else

"I'm Still Gonna Be Me": Leading the Charge for Change in Prisons and Everywhere Else

By John Knight, LGBT Project at 11:08am

I first met Tatyana a few years after the Wisconsin legislature passed the Inmate Sex Change Prevention Act – a cruel piece of legislation aimed at denying urgently needed healthcare to any transperson in custody in Wisconsin.

By that time,…

The 'wHOLE'  Truth Behind Solitary Confinement

The 'wHOLE' Truth Behind Solitary Confinement

On any given day in America there are 80,000 people in solitary settings, not counting youth in juvenile facilities and people in jails.

With no evidence-based research of its effectiveness, solitary confinement is a form of imprisonment that…