prison industrial complex

Sen. Cory Booker spoke to HuffPost about his vision for criminal justice reform and the need to change the United States from being the “incarceration nation.”
Prison companies are simply rebranding themselves to market a repackaged product, promoting their business as providing humane treatment and rehabilitation. Instead of alternatives to incarceration, it's alternative forms of incarceration.
Still, opening the fest with The 13th is somehow appropriate to this year of momentous political decisions and a populace
13 years ago, Weldon Angelos' world was turned upside down; his life instantly transformed into a veritable nightmare. At the age of 24, Angelos was indicted on three counts of marijuana distribution to an undercover informant.
In a world growing more troubled every day, leadership, and particularly American leadership, is more important than ever. That is why the election of the next U.S. president is such a serious matter. It is why so much of the world is paying close attention to how our political season is unfolding.
I fear we're reversing the evolutionary process. We've surrendered to simplistic, impulsive, fear-based "safety" and we're reaping the consequences, one broken soul at a time.
How is it that America, supposedly the beacon of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world, has more prisoners than any police state?
What has happened to our national intelligence, not to mention our national values? In the era of cellphone accountability, our lack thereof has a new poster boy: Officer Slam. Throw the insolent kid across the floor, break her arm if necessary, slap her in cuffs.
This week, The Pollination Project celebrates recent grantees whose work allows people to understand one another in new ways.