prison reform

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

The abuse of inmates and prisoners by correctional staff has long been an under-reported and serious issue. Molestation, rape, and physical assault should not be part of anyone’s experience in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, the power dynamics of prison lend themselves toward abuse, and the career path of prison guard seems to be one sought […]

Female Prisoner Suing Over Alleged Assaults While in Custody

Female Prisoner Suing Over Alleged Assaults While in Custody

Content Note: This article discusses incarceration and sexual abuse/assault. Karen Backues Keil ended up in jail in 2011, but she had no way of knowing what would happen during her incarceration. On Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010, she was arrested on six theft-related charges. Although she and her husband were operating a liquor store at the […]

Oakland California: Shades of Green Series Presented by Supernova Women

Oakland California: Shades of Green Series Presented by Supernova Women

Supernova Women is pleased to present a FREE seminar ‘Shades of Green’ for the people of color (POC) community focused on subjects relating to medical cannabis, legalization, and prison reform. The evening was created in response to the clear need for involvement of communities of color in the legislative efforts regarding cannabis and how to participate […]

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children: Tipping Point May 8-9 FREE Conference Riverside, CA

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children: Tipping Point May 8-9 FREE Conference Riverside, CA

Tipping Point 2015 is a free 2 day reentry law conference and community building forum for legal service providers, advocates, community members, and formerly incarcerated people. The first day of the conference will bring expert panelists with a focus on best practices and remedies available to help formerly incarcerated people overcome barriers to reentry. The second day […]

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Lauds California’s Proposition 47

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Lauds California’s Proposition 47

Given that their name is essentially their mission statement, it should come as little surprise that the organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums(FAMM) is approving of California’s recent passage of Proposition 47, a law which reduced penalties for common drug and theft crimes. Founded in 1991 by Julie Stewart, FAMM has been fighting for the reform […]

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 […]

Take Action: Tell Congress to Support the Smarter Sentencing Act

Take Action: Tell Congress to Support the Smarter Sentencing Act

Our federal prison population is out of control. While America has only five percent of the world’s population, we have 25 percent of the world’s prison inmates–an 800% increase in the last 30 years. Unless we curb policies like extreme sentencing, our prison population will continue to grow at these staggering rates. And taxpayers like […]

The Most Obvious Place to Start Prison Reform: Cannabis POWs

The Most Obvious Place to Start Prison Reform: Cannabis POWs

Photos Courtesy of Cheri Sicard In the course of my job as a cannabis activist I regularly say a lot of things that surprise the general public.  Since they’ve been subjected to decades of government sponsored brainwashing, most people are not up on the real facts which often run counterintuive to what’s expected: smoking marijuana […]

Drug War POW Larry Ronald Duke on Watching the Colorado Pot Rush from Prison

Drug War POW Larry Ronald Duke on Watching the Colorado Pot Rush from Prison

During a televised CNBC special last week titled “The Colorado Pot Rush,” I told the man sitting beside me that it was a shame John Denver wasn’t still alive to witness the turn of events occurring in his home state of Colorado, which has voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for consenting adults […]

Marijuana Prisoners to be Released in Colorado?

Marijuana Prisoners to be Released in Colorado?

PHOTO: Jeffrey Beall, Creative Commons A news story posted earlier this week on the National Report website  read as follows: Gov. John W. Hickenlooper (D) has proposed a bill that would have a major impact on the criminal justice system.  Under the new bill, convicts currently serving time on marijuana related charges will be released and the crime […]