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Log In - New York Times. Mass Incarceration Is The Enemy Of Economic Opportunity. More than 2 million Americans—about a quarter of the total inmates in the entire world—are kept in prisons and jails in this country.

Mass Incarceration Is The Enemy Of Economic Opportunity

The penal state is vast and largely hidden from view. But if you put all those people in one place, they'd amount to a mid-sized city, roughly the population of Houston. Mandatory sentencing, zero-tolerance street-clearance programs, the War on Drugs, and endless tough-on-crime political rhetoric has amounted to an $80-billion annual bill for keeping the 2 million people locked up. Think about the schools, hospitals, tax cuts, and food stamps we could cover with that money instead.

The penal state also reflects larger racial and economic disparities at work in the country. There are many reasons why low-income Americans fail to make it out of poverty, including poor education, housing, or lack of health insurance. Billion Dollar Bets The report sets out three out possible investments. The Department of Justice just put out a horrifying report on the Chicago Police Department. Cops' Feelings on Race Show How Far We Have to Go.

Police line a street in downtown Baltimore in response to protests that followed a rally for Freddie Gray.

Cops' Feelings on Race Show How Far We Have to Go

Patrick Semansky/AP This week, the Pew Research Center released a report entitled "Behind the Badge," a comprehensive survey of nearly 8,000 law enforcement officials across the United States examining their attitudes toward their jobs, police protests, interactions with their communities, racial issues, and much more. The report states that it is appearing "at a crisis point in America's relationship with the men and women who enforce its laws, precipitated by a series of deaths of black Americans during encounters with the police. " According to 2016 University of Louisville and University of South Carolina study, police fatally shoot black men at disproportionate rates.

40 percent of black Americans distrust the criminal justice system: Why I’m one of them. More People Die in Police Encounters Than We Thought. Police arrest demonstrators at an Occupy protest in Oakland in 2010.

More People Die in Police Encounters Than We Thought

Oakland Local/Flickr The number of police-related fatalities in the United States appears to be far higher than the federal government has previously estimated. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has been tracking the data since 2000. After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance. Ms.

After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance

Willis, who owed $690, had a harder time. When she paid all but $240, her case was sent back to court for prosecution. By that time, the arrest had already led to her losing her job, and then her apartment. At a homeless shelter, she was robbed. Accustomed to earning a living, she began to despair. Marcy Willis, 52 Arrested in Atlanta Charge Felony theft. Businessinsider. It takes a lot to get fired from Chicago’s police department.

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Half of Wisconsin's Black Neighborhoods Are Jails. 17-year-old Lew Blank researched race and housing in his state and found some disturbing patterns.

Half of Wisconsin's Black Neighborhoods Are Jails

Trump’s ‘Law and Order’ Blind Spot. In a national presidential campaign of international significance, America’s police officers have somehow come to occupy center stage.

Trump’s ‘Law and Order’ Blind Spot

Both major parties seem convinced, and the country seems to agree, that the United States faces a national police crisis, one that traces back to the shooting two years ago of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, there has been a steady stream of fatal police shootings, with each incident prompting angry protests — and, at least on two occasions, that anger has boiled over into the assassination of police officers.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has now declared himself the “law-and-order” candidate. By contrast, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has scheduled family members of people shot and killed by the police to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week. The incident just described is exceptional only for its brazenness. What do those waiting periods do? Why Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Are Dead. Vigil in memory of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Why Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Are Dead

(Reuters / Jeffrey Dubinsky) Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are dead, joining a long roll call of black people killed by officials acting in the name of public safety. And so the nation now begins a process so familiar as to have become rote. Many of us will want desperately to know more about these men’s lives, not merely their deaths. After each of the many executions we have collectively mourned, I have grasped for those kinds of details—some reminder that black lives do actually matter, to somebody. Castile’s killing is still too fresh for details of his life to begin seeping into the public record.

LFOs: The Fines and Fees that Keep Former Prisoners Poor. Life after prison can be a huge challenge—and this is definitely true when it comes to money.

LFOs: The Fines and Fees that Keep Former Prisoners Poor

The formerly incarcerated often have trouble finding work and stable housing because of prohibitions against people with criminal records. But some of the biggest financial challenges for the formerly incarcerated may stem directly from their crimes. This may be the best way to measure gun violence in America. In Canton, Ohio, one of the most common complaints that police chief Bruce Lawver hears is about gunfire.

This may be the best way to measure gun violence in America

Shots fired. Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones, and the Paranoid Style of American Policing. When I was around 10 years old, my father confronted a young man who was said to be “crazy.” The young man was always too quick to want to fight. A foul in a game of 21 was an insult to his honor. A cross word was cause for a duel, and you never knew what that cross word might be. One day, the young man got into it with one of my older brother’s friends. The young man pulled a metal stake out of the ground (there was some work being done nearby) and began swinging it wildly in a threatening manner. Tamir Rice Case Spotlights Protections for Police Who Kill. Although 2015 will go down as the year when the United States began grappling with the problem of police violence, it ended with a trio of defeats for reformers.

First, a jury in Baltimore was unable to come to a verdict in the trial of Officer William Porter, one of several officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Several days later, a grand jury in Waller County, Texas, decided that there had been no crime committed in the death of Sandra Bland in a jail cell there. Finally, and most gallingly to many observers, on Monday a grand jury in Cuyahoga County decided not to indict two officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Taken together, these cases—and particularly the Baltimore and Cleveland cases—demonstrate yet again the difficulty involved in holding police accountable when civilians are killed. How Other Missouri Cities Are Like Ferguson. The Department of Justice's Recommendations for Police and Court Reform in Ferguson, Missouri, Will Be Impossible for the Broken City to Fund. Yesterday, the U.S.

Department of Justice concluded its civil-rights investigation in Ferguson, Missouri, issuing a scathing report on the practices of the Ferguson Police Department and the city's municipal court system. Today, the city's law-enforcement agency and justice apparatus begin the long road to reform. But the directives given by Justice to the police department and to the court may be at odds with one another. Ferguson relies on court fees to fund its municipal activities. Our Police Union Problem. FOR decades now, conservatives have pressed the case that public sector unions do not serve the common good. The argument is philosophical and practical at once. First, the state monopoly on certain vital services makes even work slowdowns unacceptable and the ability to fire poor-performing personnel essential, and a unionized work force creates problems on both fronts.