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In and Out of the Zoo
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:56pm | Type: Blog

I suddenly saw, in a tangible sense, her desperate hunger for companionship, belonging, connection – with anything – anyone. I couldn’t imagine what a horrific vacuum her childhood must have been. ...

Mandatory Minimums: How Long Does it Take to Learn Your Lesson?
Originally Posted: 05/16/2014 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

Enthusiasm for mandatory-minimum sentencing reform has several factors fueling it. Many faith communities express concern about the impact of excessive sentences on individuals and their families. ...

Showing Deference to the Rich: 'Affluenza' and 'The House I Live In'
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

I know that God is the only truly just judge. I know that these tales of injustice in the criminal justice system will always be with us. Which is why I’m grateful to the ones who tell the stories, and why I u ...

Remembering Our True Source of Joy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the sadness and injustice of the world, we need to remember that in all things, Jesus is our source of joy. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, the third Sunday of adve ...

Congress, Please.
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

I live in community. What constitutes living in community means different things depending on whom you're talking to. I live in community. What constitutes living in communit ...

Why I Chained Myself to a Deportation Bus
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

On Oct. 11, I spent the morning under the front wheel of a bus filled with shackled immigrants. I joined this action with other community members to stop the two Homeland Security buses (operated by private co ...

Unlawful Entry
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger I watched the police toss Steve, age 70, into the crowd behind me. OFFICER MARIO normally w ...

When We Are More Interested in Evangelical Infighting Than Serious Issues of Justice
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Maybe it’s because the ACLU and Prison Fellowship and Virginia’s conservative Family Foundation all AGREE that this shackling has to stop that there’s no real story of partisan mudslinging, where the conservat ...

Susan Burton
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Five questions for Susan Burton. Bio: Founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project in Califor ...

What God Has Joined
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite Social, political, and economic forces can either undermine the institution of marriage–or foster a society w ...

WATCH: Would Putting Me in Prison Serve the Common Good?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world — about 1.6 million people in 2010. Mass incarceration in our country is a problem, one that too often serves to line the pockets of for-profit ...

What If It’s Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

We started making our new documentary “Redemption of the Prosecutor” for the same reason we always do: someone told us a story. We started making our new documentary “ Redemption ...

An Incarceration of Silence
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

One out of three African-American men will serve some sort of time under present law enforcement practices and the current criminal justice system. In Washington, D.C., that number jumps to an estimated three ...

Shackles, Operation Streamline, and Spokes in the Wheel
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Operation Streamline began in 2005 in Texas and 2008 in Arizona as part of the deterrence strategy of border enforcement. Instead of the typical civil violation, it charges people who cross the border without ...

'But Why?'
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Houppert Chasing Gideon. The New Press. TODAY, Greg Bright, 56, sits on the cement porch of his yellow ...

Incarceration Nation
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Putting Americans behind bars is becoming an increasingly lucrative business. THE UNITED STATES h ...

Priorities of the First Presidential Debate: Q & A with Marianne Williamson
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 7:29pm | Type: Blog

Marianne Williamson, a bestselling author and convener of the upcoming Sister Giant conference on women and politics, has called on President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney to address “a meaningful arra ...

Miss America Uses Platform for Kids of Prisoners
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

As someone who saw her father hauled off to prison for a white collar crime, the new Miss America uses her high-profile platform to shine a spotlight on the 2.7 million, largely unseen kids who have an incarce ...

Study: No Evidence That Death Penalty Deters Crime
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

In the more than three decades since the national moratorium on the death penalty was lifted, there is no reliable research to determine whether capital punishment has served as a deterrent, according to a rev ...

Faith Leaders Opposed to Prison Privatization
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

The rates of incarceration in the U.S are the highest in the industrialized world. Our criminal justice system is moving further away from the principles of due process, fair and equal justice, and access to c ...

Q Conference: Restoring the Justice System
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world with 23 million behind bars. Bryan Stevenson of the Legal Justice Initiative, speaking from the Q Conference on Wedensday, said this high rate ...

Why Did Two Wild Goose Contributors Spend the Night in Jail?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

North Carolina, host state for the inaugural <a href="http://wildgoosefestival.org/" target="_blank">Wild Goose Festival</a>, has many things going for it. ...

Lessons From Behind Bars
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

In 2010, Hope House DC received a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. to support participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read project. In ...

The Fair Sentencing Act: A (Small) Step Towards Making Things Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, prison, race, and justice (or the lack thereof).</p> I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, pr ...

The Song of Rosanna's Survivor Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I came to be friends with Rosanna through my wife's work. B ...

The 'War on Drugs' in Tulia, Texas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On July 23, 1999, undercover narcotics agent Tom Coleman executed one of the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/60minutes/main575291.shtml">biggest drug busts in Texas history&l ...