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

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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 entertainment. 

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News Flash

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

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, in exchange for giving juveniles harsher and longer […]

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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

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 return to is part of that discussion. Yet […]

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STUDY: Blacks Are Nearly 4 Times As Likely As Whites of Being Arrested for Pot Possession

According to the ACLU, whites and blacks use marijuana at the same rate. Yet, African Americans are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. And on a state-by-state basis, this disparity is even higher.

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Guest Post

Dear Thurgood Marshall Jr, Why Are You On The Board Of Directors For CCA?

Kim Moore wants to know why Thurgood Marshall Jr. sits on the board of directors for CCA (Corrections Corporation of America): “Having all this information, carrying your fathers last name and legacy, I must ask, are you betting on or against black men?”

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Kanye West’s “New Slaves” Rails Against the Prison-Industrial Complex

Reactions to Kanye’s new track “New Slaves” has been mixed. But what is undeniable is the song’s discussion of the prison-industrial complex; as it lays plain the impact of institutional racism and private prisons on communities of color.

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