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harris county texas, juvenile injustice, juvenile prisons, mass incarceration, people of color in jails, texas -

Two Harris County Texas judges accounted for more than one-fifth of all children sent to the state’s juvenile prisons in 2017. Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority of the children were black or Latinx.

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The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) has evacuated six of its facilities, amounting to about 850 prisoners, in wake of historic Hurricane Michael. However, 13 counties across Florida have mandatory evacuations in place. That leaves 15 other facilities in those counties that are still potentially in harm’s way.

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#StayWokeGoVote, Activist, Mass Incarceration, News, Nina Turner, POWER TO THE POLLS, Tamika Mallory, Top Stories, Video, voting restoration -

Activist and Women’s March Co-Chair, Tamika D. Mallory was joined by Senator Nina Turner, President, and CEO of National Urban League, Marc Morial, Artist, Mysonne, and more for the “Power to the Polls” event in Washington, D.C. The event highlighted voter suppression and the importance of the fight to help those formerly incarcerated earn their voting rights […]

The post “Power to the Polls” in D.C. with Activist, Tamika Mallory, Senator Nina Turner, Marc Morial and Mysonne appeared first on theGrio.

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Philadelphia rapper, Meek Mill is a voice for prison reform, but also plans to help those who are wrongfully incarcerated.

The post Out of jail, Meek Mill tries to get his former cellmate released appeared first on theGrio.

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Johnny Perez used to speak to himself in solitary confinement, just to hear a human voice. The isolation inside Rikers Island prison walls could drive anyone crazy.  But for Perez, then a 21-year-old young man facing 15 years for robbery (stemming from stealing food from a convenience store) he had to do whatever it took […]

The post Prison guards used to tease Johnny Perez for studying. Now he’s graduating from college. appeared first on theGrio.

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Civil rights group pushes back against New Jersey prisons blocking inmates from reading award-winning book

The post ACLU says ‘The New Jim Crow’ prison ban is unconstitutional appeared first on theGrio.

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For African-Americans, the fact that they are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana violations is less […]

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Criminal Justice System, Entertainment, Jay Z, Mass Incarceration, Meek Mill, News -

JAY-Z hasn’t been quiet about his outrage over the sentencing of Meek Mill, who was slapped with a sentence of two to four years in jail for violating his probation. Now, the famed rapper has taken to the New York Times to share his frustration. “On the surface, this may look like the story of yet another […]

The post JAY-Z slams criminal justice system for stalking Black people like Meek Mill appeared first on theGrio.

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Inspiration, Mass Incarceration, Natasha Alford, OWN, Released, Shaka Senghor, Video -

Shaka Senghor knows the power of redemption. The New York Times bestselling author, educator and activist has dedicated his life to teaching others after serving a 19-year prison sentence for a murder he committed when he was a teen. Now Senghor is using the wisdom gained from his journey to help tell the stories of […]

The post Shaka Senghor Talks OWN’s ‘Released’ and rebuilding life after prison appeared first on theGrio.

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Forced Sterilization, Mass Incarceration, News, Social Justice -

State-sanctioned efforts to keep the incarcerated from reproducing began in the early 20th century and continue today.

The post Our long, troubling history of sterilizing the incarcerated appeared first on theGrio.

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Hillary Clinton, Mass Incarceration, News, Prison Labor -

In her 1996 book It Takes A Village, Hillary Clinton describes how Black prison workers worked at the Arkansas governor's mansion while she lived there.

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In what is being described as the largest single dismissal of wrongful criminal convictions in […]

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Conspiracy charges, featured, mass incarceration, Police brutality, Prison Industrial Complex, Race -

Two hundred young Black and brown men hauled into Southern District of New York Federal […]

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angela davis, featured, mass incarceration, Politics, Prison Industrial Complex, the new jim crow -

Over the past decade, we have experienced a resurgence of interest in social justice as […]

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Jay Z, Kalief Browder, Mass Incarceration, News, Opinion, Opinions, Rikers Island, Time: The Kalief Browder Story -

Spike TV’s six-part doc "Time: The Kalief Browder Story"left many viewers with a cold ball of anger.

The post ‘The Kalief Browder Story’ is like dying with your eyes open appeared first on theGrio.

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From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, mass incarceration, Opinion, Race, Taylar Nuevelle, Who Speaks For Me?Project -

Barack Obama made history in 2015 by becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal […]

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Attorney General, Department Of Justice, Jeff Sessions, Mass Incarceration, News, Prison Industrial Complex, Private Prison -

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo on Thursday reversing one made by his predecessor, Sally Yates, concerning the private prison system.

The post Attorney General indicates reverse course on using private prisons appeared first on theGrio.

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Entertainment, Mass Incarceration, Prison System, Private Prisons, Remy Ma -

It’s been eighteen months since Remy Ma finished up her eight-year prison sentence, and while she’s excited to get back to work in the rapping industry, she also has a new crusade: ending the private prison system. “Well, first let me say, people be like, you’re out of jail now — and by people, I mean idiots […]

The post Remy Ma wants to help end the private prison system appeared first on theGrio.

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African-American Men, Mass Incarceration, News, President Donald Trump, Prison, Van Jones, Voting Rights -

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Van Jones didn’t pull any punches when he put his finger on just what it was that got Donald Trump the presidency: mass incarceration and the voter disenfranchisement that goes with it. For example, Jones pointed to Florida, where he claimed that “hundreds of thousands of African-Americans [are] permanently […]

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One of 1,715. For Eric Alvarez, this number is personal. It represents the 1,715 people who received a second chance at life when President Barack Obama commuted their prison sentences.  “It’s overwhelming,” says Alvarez, 50, whose prison sentence was commuted in 2016. “It’s like sometimes it don’t even feel real.” Many of the commutations issued by […]

The post True Story: A Second Chance At Life After An Obama Pardon (Episode 3) appeared first on theGrio.

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Entertainment, Jay Z, Kalief Browder, Mass Incarceration, Prison, Rikers Island -

Jay Z believes that Rikers Island should be shut down, and he's pointing to the upcoming Kalief Browder doc premiering at Sundance as evidence.

The post Jay Z says Kalief Browder’s death proves prison should be shut down appeared first on theGrio.

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Donald Trump, Election 2016, Mass Incarceration, News, Private Prisons -

The morning after the election of Donald Trump, private prison stocks soared.

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A new study has found that marijuana arrests outnumbered all those for violent crimes last year.

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Entertainment, Howard University, Mass Incarceration, News, Nick Cannon, Prison System, Washington D.C. -

Nick Cannon is taking a full course load at Howard University, including one class that meets every Thursday at the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility.

The post Nick Cannon takes Howard course with inmates inside D.C. jail appeared first on theGrio.

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