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Articles by Keith Sanders

Activism and Art Team Up to Abolish Mass Incarceration

Staff Shortages in Georgia Prisons Reach Crisis Levels

According to the Southern Center for Human Rights, in 2020 alone, there were an estimated 25 ...

NJ Warden Reassigned After Mishandling COVID-19

by Keith Sanders 

In recent months, New Jersey’s Fort Dix federal prison experienced a massive surge of COVID-19 cases. Roughly 1,500 prisoners tested positive for the deadly virus — over half the facility’s total population and more than any other Bureau of Prisons (BOP) correctional facility — with one prisoner ...

Mass Incarceration Fueling Spread of COVID-19 in Local Communities

Assessing the relationship ...

Mississippi Department of Corrections Lifts Smoking Ban at its Prisons

Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) enacted a smoking and tobacco product ...

How Jails Became a Breeding Ground for the Coronavirus

Suicides in New York SHUs Surge to Epidemic Levels

GEO Group and CoreCivic Lose Critical Financial Support

But they also stand out for another reason: Like other corporations accused of prioritizing profits over people, both firms have been plagued by allegations of controversial business practices. Critics claim that the public-private partnerships through which the companies take over prison operations actually serve to line the pockets of politicians in exchange for regulatory concessions that curb oversight and protect the industry’s financial bottom line – all at the expense of the prisoners they are charged to oversee.

That, however, may soon be coming to an end.

Criminal justice activists have long sought, without success, to dismantle the private prison industry. Their efforts have been thwarted, in large measure, by an apathetic public with little appetite for addressing issues related to mass incarceration in America. But with the 2018 immigration crisis, that began to change. Images of children being separated from their families and the abysmal conditions inside ...