08 Oct 2016

Five Prison Charities Helping Inmates Give Back

Convicted of a crime and placed behind bars, inmates can find a million ways to spend their time. Read, work out, dream of better days on the outside—or they can turn doing time into doing good. At prisons across the country, innovative programs help inmates build some karma to offset

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08 Oct 2016

It's Time for #JusticeReformNOW

Right now, we have an opportunity to fix one of the biggest moral crises of our time. 1 out of every 100 Americans is behind bars. The U.S. spends $80 billion a year on incarceration. 70 million Americans have a criminal record. In too many neighborhoods, young people of color

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08 Oct 2016

Bernard's case featured in VICE

More than half of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal in the United States, according to a Gallup poll from October 2015. With 58 percent in favor, legalization is enjoying the highest support ever reported (up from 34 percent in 2001). Still, draconian sentencing laws surrounding marijuana have led

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08 Oct 2016

Grant Clemency to Bernard Noble

My son Bernard is a 49-year-old father of seven, who was sentenced to 13.3 years in prison with hard labor and no possibility of parole after being convicted for possession of  2.8 grams of marijuana – the equivalent of two marijuana cigarettes — in a parish prison in Louisiana. In 2011, Bernard was

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08 Oct 2016

28 Years is TOO Long ~ President Obama: Free William Underwood

It’s been over 28 years since William Underwood was sentenced to LIFE in prison without the possibility of parole, with his first and only felony, under mandatory minimum sentencing as a drug offender. Without clemency from President Obama, he will DIE in PRISON.  WATCH: #HopeForFathersDay ~ http://vimeo.com/m/108281554 By Ebony Underwood ~ Daughter of William

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08 Oct 2016

Justice for Tamir Rice

My cousin Tamir was only 12-years-old when he was shot and killed last year by a Cleveland police officer as he played in a park with a toy gun. Timothy Loehmann, an officer in training, shot and killed Tamir within two seconds of arriving at the park. The police car hadn’t even

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08 Oct 2016

Immediately pardon Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower

My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 — for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado.

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08 Oct 2016

Racially Motivated Killings Still Murder 50 years Later! Renew Emmett Till Act NOW!

Dear Members of the House of Representatives: There are suspects still alive who are responsible for the racially motivated killings of many African American individuals and their supporters during the 1960s, in particular. We, the petitioners, seek your immediate action to vote in support of the bill already passed in the

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08 Oct 2016

Louisiana keeps prison costs down in ways other states don't

When it comes to prisons, Louisiana is first in many ways. The state has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with about one in 75 Louisiana adults in prison or jail at any given moment. Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly called Angola, is the largest maximum security prison in the

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08 Oct 2016

Prison death shows system ill-equipped to handle mentally ill, East Oak Lane family says

Kenyada Jones was off his meds. His mother couldn’t persuade him to come home, and mental health workers told her they wouldn’t chase a moving target. But Michelle Witherspoon knew her son was, at heart, a rules follower. So she called him and told him to go to his probation

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