Recidivism

the Web Editors 11-03-2015

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President Obama announced Nov. 2 a new executive order to reduce hiring discrimination against former convicts, according to MSNBC.

Applicants for positions in the federal government will no longer be required to check a box on their applications if they have a criminal record.

Lani Prunés 05-20-2015

An infographic illustrating mass incarceration. 

Tobias Winright 05-07-2015

Two underserved populations are earning college degrees in prison these days. Only one of them is incarcerated. 

Lisa Sharon Harper 07-10-2014
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Cory Booker, Eugene Parciasepe / Shutterstock.com; Rand Paul, Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com

There comes a time in every society when it must face its shadow side — and deal with it.

Societies have myths, legends, and superheroes that lay the foundations for national identity, reinforce beliefs about the self and the other, and shape nations’ collective memory. They exist to make us feel good about ourselves, but as a result, they lie to us and distort collective memory.

As prophets did in the days of abolition, the anti-lynching movement, and the Civil Rights movement, modern-day leaders, like Michelle Alexander, have traversed the country shining light on the myth of equal justice in our justice system.

And on Tuesday, the unlikely duo of Sens. Cory Booker (D – N.J.) and Rand Paul (R – Ky.) joined together to address this myth by introducing the REDEEM Act.

"I will work with anyone, from any party, to make a difference for the people of New Jersey, and this bipartisan legislation does just that," Booker said in a news release. "The REDEEM Act will ensure that our tax dollars are being used in smarter, more productive ways. It will also establish much-needed sensible reforms that keep kids out of the adult correctional system, protect their privacy so a youthful mistake can remain a youthful mistake, and help make it less likely that low-level adult offenders reoffend."

Dawn Cherie Araujo 11-02-2012

Putting Americans behind bars is becoming an increasingly lucrative business.

Jeannie Choi 02-01-2010

In an innovative move, Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, recently began a two-year pilot project offering college-level courses to convicted felons serving time at the high-security C

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