Tag Archives: Incarceration

Race And Incarceration: A Stark Reality


The statistics are startling: If you’re a black man in America, you’re five times as likely to go to state prison as a white man. Latinos and African Americans make up one-third of the U.S. population; they make up two-thirds of the prison population.

You can’t talk about incarceration without talking about race. Christopher Scott knows that too well.

In April 1997, Scott and Claude Simmons were driving through the wrong place at the wrong time. A man named Alfonso Aguilar had been murdered in Dallas.

Police were everywhere and they had just a brief description of the suspects.

“Two African-American men, one tall one short, dark complected with a low haircut. And I’m like, what kind of description is that?” Scott says. “You described half of the African-American men in the world…

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From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration |


The United States has just five percent of the world population yet holds approximately 25 percent of its prisoners.

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) has launched a global news feature series on the history, contemporary realities and implications of the transatlantic slave trade.
(Read the entire series: 
Slavery Part 1Slavery Part 2Slavery Part 3Slavery Part 4Slavery Part 5, Slavery Part 6, Slavery Part 7)

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

“The genius of the current caste system, and what most distinguishes it from its predecessors, is that it appears voluntary. People choose to commit crimes, and that’s why they are locked up or locked out, we are told. This feature makes the politics of responsibility particularly tempting,…

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Harvard scholar Jackie Wang to speak in Great Barrington about incarceration, capitalism | The Berkshire Eagle


By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle

GREAT BARRINGTON — The title of Jackie Wang’s book says a lot about the modern version of enslavement, in or out of prison.

In “Carceral Capitalism,” Wang explores the way new incarceration techniques and economic weapons lead vulnerable citizens, particularly African-Americans, into an unfree life.

Wang, who will give a talk Tuesday evening at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, is a black studies scholar who is writing poetry that “seeks to shatter the racial capitalist order and the captivity of bodies and minds.”

The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

Currently a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University in African and African-American studies, Wang has recently studied the bail bonds industry, for example….

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Philosophy Department Holds Conference on Incarceration and Reentry | News



Emerson Hall houses Harvard’s Philosophy department.

Professors, formerly incarcerated individuals, lawyers, and students crowded together in the Barker Center for several hours Friday afternoon for “Belonging: The Challenges of Reentry,” a conference dedicated to discussing the experiences of individuals who reenter society after serving time in prison.

Three members of the Philosophy Department — Ph.D. candidatese Darien Pollock and Diana Acosta Navas and Breon Durr, Ph.D. candidate in African and African American Studies — worked together to organize the conference. The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the Edmond J….

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Study examines how racial disparities in incarceration affect children’s health


Special Project, an independent network of artist and advocates, offer children’s activities every Sunday. Here Mari, who does not have an incarcerated parent, works on a project. | Courtesy of Special Project

Kentucky has the second-highest rate of children with incarcerated parents in the nation — 15 percent compared with the 8 percent national average. This disproportionately affects African-American children in Louisville Metro because of racial disparities in mass incarceration, according to a health impact assessment released on Thursday by The Special Project and the Louisville Center for Health Equity.

The Special Project is an independent network of artists and justice reform advocates who offer activities for children every Sunday evening in the visitors’ lobby in the basement of…

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'13th', documentary on mass incarceration of African-Americans, to be shown Tuesday



Local legal organizations are sponsoring a free showing of the documentary 13th, which explores the 13th Amendment and the mass incarceration of …
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