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ACLU: End Juvenile Solitary Confinement

ACLU: End Juvenile Solitary Confinement

Featured image courtesy: DianeDiamond.net My name is Kelly. I’m a student at Suffolk University and a passionate activist at the Student Alliance for Prison Reform, a nationwide network of university students working for prison reform. When I was a teenager I spent 7 months in prison. For the first time I was able to personally […]

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

This year marks the 15th year that Washington state activists have been holding a Christmas Vigil at the King County Jail. Every year since 2000, activists in Washington have gathered outside the King County jailhouse in a vigil to draw attention to the tens of thousands of non-violent drug offenders who are incarcerated unjustly and […]

Illegal Medicine: The Struggle of A Southern Medical Marijuana Activist

Illegal Medicine: The Struggle of A Southern Medical Marijuana Activist

I find it surreal, this world I live in…a world that feels like a dream of how the future is not supposed to be. Ours is a world full of people who are suffering, living with pain that could be eased by a plant… a simple, beautiful flower. But they may not be allowed to […]

Dear Dandelion: A Love Letter from A Toddler

Dear Dandelion: A Love Letter from A Toddler

Dear Dandelion, Hi my name is Lily.  I’m a flower, too.  I am only 14 months old, so I asked Grandpa to help me with this letter.  I wanted to drop a line just to let you know how much I love you!  I see you every day in my yard and on my walks.  […]

Produce Fresh from Jail: Salt Lake City’s Prison Horticulture Program

Produce Fresh from Jail: Salt Lake City’s Prison Horticulture Program

Gardening is a well known therapeutic, and luckily for some inmates at the Salt Lake County Jail, they are allowed to participate in a special horticulture program which teaches the joys of planting, maintaining and harvesting a garden in the ever-changing Utah climate. Citizens are encouraged to attend tours of the garden offered by the […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Florida Drug Arrests by County, Ratio of Total Arrests

INFOGRAPHIC: Florida Drug Arrests by County, Ratio of Total Arrests

Florida is well-known for being one of the most aggressive states in the War on Drugs. A Florida law firm that specializes in criminal defense, Falk & Ross, PA, has released an infographic analyzing arrest rates for drugs across the state of Florida. According to their website, Druglaws.org, Florida has the highest drug crime rate […]

“Willy the Plumber”: Helping the Children of Utah Prisoners Find a Brighter Future

“Willy the Plumber”: Helping the Children of Utah Prisoners Find a Brighter Future

Education is a key factor in raising happy and functional children.  This is a fact recognized by most, from the elite to the working poor to the incarcerated, people realize that getting a quality education is a worthwhile pursuit and encourage their children to obtain as much education as possible. However, reality can be harsh […]

Those Who Fight: Human Rights and The Tragic Death of Robert Taylor

Those Who Fight: Human Rights and The Tragic Death of Robert Taylor

On December 30, 2013, a man named Robert Taylor died on the floor of his Burlington New County Jail cell in a puddle of his own urine and feces. If you follow New Jersey news, you’ve probably heard about Taylor’s death – and if you don’t follow New Jersey news, the upcoming documentary Those Who […]

Reality Check: Impacts of Retail Marijuana on Colorado Economy

Reality Check: Impacts of Retail Marijuana on Colorado Economy

We’re just over 3 weeks into the experiment, and with all the media coverage and opinion pieces on retail marijuana in Colorado one thing is becoming blatantly clear: the real reason most prohibitionists think marijuana consumers should be sent to jail or forced into rehab is simply because they don’t like marijuana or the people […]