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Watch: President Obama Discusses ‘War on Drugs’ With ‘The Wire’ Creator


By Diamond 2:43 pm March 27, 2015 President Obama sat down with The Wire creator, David Simon, to discuss the hidden costs of the war on drugs. Take a look below: Photo: White House/Youtube

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Trans Woman Sues State of Georgia for Human Rights Abuses

Ashley Diamond

By Diamond 5:02 pm February 23, 2015 A prisoner in the Georgia prison system, Ashley Diamond is suing the Georgia for refusing her hormonal therapy during the last three years. From NY Daily News: Three years without hormone therapy is reversing everything that Ashley Diamond, an incarcerated transgender woman, has fought for. Her booking photo […]

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Is ‘Orange’ the New Green?


By Diamond 4:36 pm February 11, 2015 From the Chicago Reporter: Most people see a jail and think about crime, tragedy and heartbreak. Others see dollar signs. That’s because incarceration can be a big money maker. Consider the drab polyester and cotton scrubs worn by detainees and inmates at Cook County Jail, where about 100,000 […]

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America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex


By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:17 pm April 4, 2014 The University of Chicago’s Race Center hopes to spark useful dialogue with their event, “America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex.” AMERICA’s MOST WANTED examines the prison crisis by placing two of America’s most influential industries in the crosshairs: corporate-owned media and […]

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Celebrities seek to end mass incarceration with campaign

Dr. Boyce Watkins and Russell Simmons are teaming up to combat mass incarceration. By gathering a coalition of supporters, the men hope to highlight the seriousness of the prison industrial complex and its affects on people of color.

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Report: Life Sentences on the Rise in American Prisons

African Americans populate prisons in the country more than any other ethnic group, and according to a recent report released by the Sentencing Project, the number of inmates serving life sentences is on the rise.

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Mark Ciaravella Sentenced to 28 Years for “Kids for Cash” Scandal

By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:34 am September 3, 2013 Mark Ciavarella, Jr., a former judge in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is heading to prison for his involvement in the “Kids for cash” scandal. Ciavarella was charged and convicted of mail fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and money laundering. Ciavarella received millions of dollars from private prison builder, Robert Mericle, […]

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Eric Holder Unveils Major Drug Sentencing Reforms

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce major drug sentencing reforms today. The Justice Department will avoid charging low-level and nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory minimum sentences, as long as they’re not connected with criminal organizations.

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Cornel West: President Obama Is a Global George Zimmerman

Cornel West has joined his radio cohost Tavis Smiley in blasting the POTUS in the wake of his Trayvon Martin speech last Friday. Speaking with Democracy Now, West called President Obama “a global George Zimmerman” for his use of deadly drone attacks overseas.

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Sesame Street Teaches Kids About Incarceration

By Summer M. 12:30 pm June 12, 2013 We talked a lot about the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex, especially as it pertains to black youth. The astronomical number of people who have been incarcerated and the effects their imprisonment has on those individuals, their families, and the communities they leave and sometimes […]

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