prison_industrial_complex

Mass Incarceration: The Most Important Political Issue of 2016 No One Wants to Talk About By David J. Krajicek

Five years ago, while America clutched a tin cup during the recession, politicians shouted hallelujah about saving money by reducing the country’s grossly bloated prison population. The national inmate count declined fractionally for a few years, reaping celebratory headlines. One expert quoted by the New York Times declared “the beginning of the end of mass incarceration.” Then came the bipartisan …

sentencing children

Cruel and Inhuman: UN Slams US as Only Nation that Sentences Children to Die In Prison

A United Nations human rights expert strongly condemned the U.S. on Tuesday for being the “only State in the world that still sentences children to life imprisonment without the opportunity for parole,” thereby imposing cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment. Juan Méndez, the Special Rapporteur on torture, made the comments in a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva—building from his …