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Imagining a World Without Prisons

 By James KilgoreTruthout | Op-Ed

This story is the seventh in Truthout's "Visions of 2018" series, in which activist leaders answer the question: "What would you like to see created, built, imagined or begun this year?" Each piece will focus on a bold idea for transformation, to ...

After Prisons: A Supervisory State?

After Prison? Freedom, Decarceration and Justice Disinvesment

By William G. Martin and Joshua Price (eds.)

Lexington 2016

Reviewed by James Kilgore, Daily Kos

After Prisons? is a remarkable book for several reasons.  First of all, it remains strong from start to finish.  Every chapter offers disciplined research and ...

Follow the Money: Invisible Investors Seek Big Bucks in Mass Incarceration

by James Kilgore and Brian Dolinar, Truthout

When authorities booked Richard Murphy into the jail in Monterey, California on January 18, 2013, the war veteran likely never envisioned ending up being back in court months later, not to face criminal charges, but to expose the abuse he would suffer ...

Jails: Time to Wake Up to Mass Incarceration in Your Neighborhood

By James Kilgore, Truthout

Jails admit nearly 12 million people every year. Yet they are largely off the radar of critics of mass incarceration. However, as a new report by Vera Institute and actions by activists around the country demonstrate, jails matter.

In February 2015, the MacArthur Foundation launched ...

Private Prisons: Just Bit Players in Mass Incarceration

Private Prisons: Just Bit Players in Mass Incarceration

by James Kilgore             

Copyright, Truthout.org. This article was originally published on October 19, 2015; reprinted with permission.

Social justice activists love to hate private prisons. The loathing is easy to justify. Making profit by locking people up and keeping them there ...

Corporations You’ve Never Heard of are Making Millions from Mass Incarceration

By James Kilgore, Truthout

Likely the most well-known prison profiteers in the United States are the Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group. Between them, these two firms pulled in about $3.3 billion last year running scores of private prisons and immigration detention centers.

However, these two ...

Mental Illness and Jails, Race is Left out of the Equation

Mental Illness and Jails, Race is Left out of the Equation

By James Kilgore, Truthout

In 1843, social justice crusader Dorothea Dix went before the Massachusetts Legislature with the intention of addressing an acute problem of the day: the incarceration of people with mental illness. Her declaration to the assembly ...

The Persistence of Mass Incarceration

The Persistence of Mass Incarceration

by James Kilgore

Over the last four years, “we have turned the corner” has become the dominant narrative on mass incarceration. The basis for this optimism appeared sound. From 2009-2012, total prisoner numbers were down nationally for the first time since the late 1970s, with ...

The Spread of Electronic Monitoring: No Quick Fix for Mass Incarceration

The Spread of Electronic Monitoring: No Quick Fix for Mass Incarceration

by James Kilgore

In a troubled criminal justice system desperately looking for alternatives to incarceration, electronic monitoring is trending. North Carolina has tripled the use of electronic monitors since 2011. California has placed 7,500 people on GPS ankle ...

Repackaging Mass Incarceration

Repackaging Mass Incarceration

by James Kilgore

Since my CounterPunch article in November 2013, which assessed the state of the movement against mass incarceration, the rumblings of change in the criminal justice system have steadily grown louder. Attorney General Eric Holder has continued to stream his mild-mannered critique by raising the ...


 

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