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Learning How to Be an Ally: Reforming Policing & Punishment

How do we reimagine the work of reducing poverty, supporting mental health services, and dealing with trauma to minimize substance abuse and violence, in order to diminish the need for police to step in as an end to those consequences?

  • 04/30/2021
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“Prison By Any Other Name”

Prisons and penitentiaries (derived from the word penitent) were considered by early Christians as a way for people to reflect on their sins in isolation and emerge obedient. Eventually, Schenwar and Law write, the mission of penitence evolved into “the need to establish racialized control.”

  • 04/06/2021
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Robin Wonsley Worlobah

In March 2021, we hosted a forum related to our “Transforming Justice” magazine issue. One of the women we talked to was Robin Wonsley Worlobah, who is an advocate for building new systems of community safety beyond policing. Here is some of what she told us.

  • 03/30/2021
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The Sentencing Project Report

Over 10,000 people are still serving life for crimes committed when they were under 18-years-old.

  • 03/10/2021
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View: Accountability, Punishment & Cancel Culture

Punishment culture encourages the view that an individual deserves harm — that the individual person is a “bad” person. Punishment marks someone as not worthy of belonging.

  • 03/09/2021
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Creating True Safety and Healing

Data suggests that prison is not an effective deterrent.

  • 02/25/2021
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Life After Prison

Two formerly incarcerated women share their stories.

  • 02/25/2021
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Learning How to Be an Ally: Trauma-Informed

This section is in process Related stories now online:

  • 02/24/2021
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LEGACY STORIES: System of Crime & Punishment

1987: “A lot of it is chemical dependency problems and economic problems. It’s unfortunate that we don’t intervene in a meaningful way [first].”

  • 02/24/2021
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Reform Within Shakopee Women’s Prison

From 2013 to 2020, women imprisoned while pregnant had not committed a new crime — 77 percent had been incarcerated for a technical violation, such as violating parole by not checking in with a probation officer.

  • 02/23/2021
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Interactive Book Discussion Guide: “The New Jim Crow,” by Michelle Alexander

If this new format elicits reactions, we will continue with this book in subsequent discussion guides, and apply this concept to other books in the future.

  • 02/20/2021
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The Prison Cell is Everywhere

Surveillance, AI, and the Future of Oppression

  • 11/25/2020