Op-Ed

Time to End Mass Incarceration

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Mass incarceration in the United States is counterproductive and disproportionately causes a long-term injury to Black Americans and others who remain trapped in poverty and disillusionment. How is it that the richest nation on earth and the Read More

Op-Ed

Now or Never for Young Men of Color

By Henrie Treadwell NNPA Guest Columnist   According to Bureau of Justice Statistics figures analyzed by the Sentencing Project, the number of people incarcerated in state and federal prisons reached 1,483,900 in 2012. In addition, there were 744,500 people in local jails, a total incarcerated Read More

Op-Ed

The High Court of Injustice

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   What if we didn’t incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes?  Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable?  What if a man who steals a $159 jacket while high gets drug treatment and Read More

Politics

Budgets Pressures Lead to Less Incarceration of Black Youth

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Dwindling state budgets have had an unintended positive effect – prompting states to reduce the number of juveniles arrested and detained, according to a new report by the Justice Policy Institute. JPI, a nonprofit group that Read More