Why Prison Overcrowding is Still a Problem and What’s Being Done

When a person is sentenced in court, there is a possibility they will go to prison, and many prisons in the country today are overcrowded. A government study showed that between 2006 and 2011, overcrowding affected all security levels in prisons. Inmates sleep on the floor, there isn’t enough food, and there aren’t enough guards to protect those who are incarcerated.… [Read more]

Big Pharma vs. Medical Marijuana

During the late 1960’s, the nation seemed divided on feelings about marijuana. You either indulged or you wagged your stern finger at those who smoked marijuana. Today, with nearly half of our country’s states allowing some use of marijuana for medical purposes, people’s perceptions are changing. One of the reasons that many people are changing their minds about marijuana is the consistent harm that prescription drugs are doing to thousands of Americans each year.… [Read more]

Bread Behind Bars: What’s Changing on Prison Menus?

Prisoners may be having more of an opportunity to eat healthier, thanks to a recent boom in prison gardens and a fight for better mental and physical health within the legal system. The initial idea of hardened criminals living it up on fresh fruits and vegetables may be uncomfortable, but keep in mind that one of the biggest populations of current prisoners are nonviolent prisoners arrested on drug charges.… [Read more]

Harsh Justice: Comparing Prisons Around the World

At least 11 million people are sitting in prisons and detention centers around the world. And with the global population continuing to rise, prison population numbers are only going to swell in the coming decades. [Read more]

Privatization of the U.S. Prison System

The prison industry is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the United States. The prison privatization boom began in the 1980s, under the governments of presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr., but reached a peak in 1990 under President William Clinton.

The private prison industry is the business in which inmates are handed over to for-profit prisons under a convict lease system.… [Read more]

Is This Disneyland, Or Am I In Prison?

No country has more faith in the power of an adorable mascot than Japan. Their talisman-like powers have been employed in almost every walk of life: museums, theme parks, tourist attractions, festivals, and even whole cities. What is it about these mascots that make it appropriate for them to be as superfluous in a society as dedicated to serious work as Japan?… [Read more]

Alabama Jailhouse

The Scottsboro Boys were nine Afican-American teenagers who were accused in 1931 of the rape of a white woman in Alabama. The legal case that resulted included a frame-up, attempts at lynching by an angry mob, and an all-white jury. The case still stands as one of America’s worst examples of racism, systemic abuses and the overall miscarriage of justice. … [Read more]

RFID School Tags: A Slippery Slope to 24-7 State Surveillance

On Tuesday August 4, 2009 Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli gave a speech at the National Conference for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools addressing the issue of truancy in public schools and the need for diverse and unconventional solutions.

Attorney General Holder really drives home to all of us that when we think about law enforcement, we need to think broadly….I know that your goal is education, but schools also play a key role in law enforcement in any number of ways.… [Read more]

Rick Perry’s God Problem

Rick Perry got me thinking the other day.  He had an encounter with a fourteen year old bisexual girl that went like this:

“This is about my faith, and I happen to think that there are a whole host of sins, homosexuality being one of them,” Perry said, adding that he himself was “a sinner” so he wouldn’t “be the first one to throw a stone”.[Read more]