Cal Thomas, a conservative columnist and Bob Beckel, a liberal Democratic strategist, both write for the USA Today. Their newest column debates America’s prison problem and five solutions to the overcrowding prison population. Read the full column here.
Shani O. Hilton, writing for ColorLines, asks about five prison reform bills that aren’t getting very much attention but as she writes, “could make a world of difference to those caught in the wake of the decades-long drug war.” Read more of her article here.
Whether unpacking the moral debate occasioned by capital punishment or finding larger meaning in the prison rodeo, documentary filmmakers are often quite at home behind the razor wire of America’s high-security penitentiaries. They love the prison milieu and enjoy unlocking the many complicated stories that lurk behind bars.
The incarceration rate has tripled since 1980. Michelle Alexander, law professor and author of The New Jim Crow, discuss why massive state budget shortfalls have prompted a discussion about prison reform on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show. The interview can be seen here.
Today, The New York Times published an editorial titled “Cruel Intentions” shedding light on the impact of prolonged isolation on inmate’s mental health. With the recent Supreme Court decision of Brown v Plata regarding the conditions in California’s prisons, we see that cruel and unusual punishment happens daily.
I hear the train a comin’, it’s rollin’ ’round the bend, and I ain’t seen the sunshine, since, I don’t know when. I‘m stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps draggin’ on. . . ”
– Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison Blues
The prison portrayed in Johnny Cash’s song is a far cry from Norway’s Halden Prison, where the mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik may end up serving time.
Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship, recently wrote an opinion-editorial for the San Jose Mercury News titled “Sentencing Reform Should be a Conservative Priority.”
In the article, Nolan points out that prisons hold many folks who are very dangerous and need to be locked away from society.
Liberia’s brutal civil war ended more than 15 years ago, but for Francis Kollie, PF Liberia Executive Director, the struggles and the consequences from it are still very much a part of the present.
Inside Journal®, Prison Fellowship’s newspaper for America’s prisoners, is a powerful tool to reach inmates who might never cross paths with a Christian volunteer. Today, I got a letter from a federal inmate named José. His words put tears in my eyes and reminded me why we invest time, energy, and resources into this publication; I couldn’t resist sharing them with you.
Kids with a parent in prison face a host of challenges: increased risk of poverty, social exclusion, embarrassment, and feelings of anger, grief, and abandonment.