Stripped of benefits, some former prisoners are forced to rely on charity.
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Formerly incarcerated Americans face food insecurity rates double that of the general population. A 1996 law that prohibits drug felons from getting crucial benefits may be partially to blame.
A Texas woman shows a picture of her 21-year-old son, who has been incarcerated during the pandemic.
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For the 6.5 million Americans who have an incarcerated family member, COVID-19 has made an already stressful situation much worse by drastically limiting communication and raising fears of death.
Hip-hop professor A.D. Carson.
Can college professors rap their way into academic publishing? One professor makes an album to prove they can.
University study programs in prisons can increase inmates’ chances of success after release.
Christopher Havens is a prison inmate serving time for murder. He’s also a mathematics whiz who’s advocating for more math in prison as a way to improve the chances of prisoners after release.
Everyone would benefit if people in prison were required to take part in elections rather than being banned, as is so often the case.
A different type of protest comes to the Capitol.
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Even though a House majority voted to impeach, President Trump, the process will likely not be finished before he’s left office. A philosopher argues why the impeachment is an important moral action.
William King circa 1890.
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The case of an African-American sailor who arrived in Melbourne in 1887 illustrates the long history of excessive punishment of Black bodies.
More than 1.3 million people lost their homes after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Research shows supporting newly released prisoners to move to a new area can slash reincarceration rates.
Dade Correctional Institution where mentally ill prisoner Darren Rainey was locked in a shower stall and died in June 2012.
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Violence in the criminal-justice system isn’t limited to police. It’s time to pay more attention to violent deaths within state prisons.
Throughout the course of history, it’s usually been politics — not compassion — that’s resulted in prison releases of the type we’ve seen during COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to think critically about the place of prisons in society and how and why prisoners have been released in the past. COVID-19 could spark systemic change.
These women were released from an Oklahoma prison in 2019.
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More than 40,000 restrictions, most imposed by states, leave rights, benefits and opportunities out of reach for Americans with past convictions.
Oliger Merko, ‘Season of Love’ detail, oil on canvas, 2014.
Prison Creative Arts Project
In a system that treats people as objects to be counted, chained, searched and assigned a number, art is a way for prisoners to reassert their agency – and reclaim their lives.
Knowing the truth about one’s origins is crucial to identity formation, according to adoption experts.
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Experts recommend adopted children be told about their origins, no matter how difficult the circumstances, but doing so is tricky for adoptive parents.
In this March 2011 photo, a security fence surrounds inmate housing on the Rikers Island correctional facility in New York.
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Humane measures must be taken to reduce the risks of COVID-19 to incarcerated people. But there are serious barriers to safe community reentry.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, introduces a hand sanitizer manufactured by the state of New York.
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Incarcerated Americans have been tasked with washing hospital laundry, manufacturing protective equipment, disinfecting cleaning supplies and digging mass graves.
People wearing protective masks leave the Cook County jail complex in Chicago, Illinois.
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Half of incarcerated individuals have either a chronic medical or a mental health condition. But social distancing and rigorous hygiene are unattainable for many US jails and prisons.
Incarcerated people are often denied access to treatment for opioid use disorder. This October 2016 file photo shows corrections officer opening the door to a cell in the segregation unit at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford, B.C. during a media tour.
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Urgently needed treatment for opioid use disorder is often denied to incarcerated people, feeding the crisis in prisons and jails.
The annual report from Canada’s prison watchdog paints a bleak picture of a prison system where violence between and against prisoners is concerning.
This year’s oversight report into the penitentiary system shows that long-standing problems have become entrenched in Canada’s federal prisons.
About 1.6 million minors are arrested in the U.S. every year.
In a survey, 56% of Americans aged 14 to 24 said they knew little to nothing about the juvenile justice system.
Children as young as ten may well lack the capacity to understand the wrongfulness of their behaviour.
In one year, an average 566 children between 10 and 13 were in detention. Almost 70% were Indigenous children.