When Ordinary People Did Extraordinary Things

February 3, 2014

The Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s -1970s was one of the most significant social movements in U.S. history. It involved millions of people in its ranks. It was a grass roots movement often organized locally. It involved elementary school

1971: The Attica Prison Revolt

February 1, 2014

The Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1960’s and 70’s generated a revolutionary spirit of revolt reaching all segments of society, including the prison population. In September, 1971, prisoners in Attica Correctional Facility in New York organized a

The Origin of the Police

February 1, 2014

There weren’t always police on every street corner with the power to stop, search, and harass people in the name of the law. For most of human history, daily issues of society were settled by people themselves, in their communities.

Affluenza?! WTF?

February 1, 2014

Last December, Ethan Couch, a white 16-year old killed four people while driving drunk. He was sentenced to rehab and ten years probation, but will serve no jail time. His defense argued that he suffered from “affluenza” – what a

The Rich Get Richer – The Poor Get Prison

February 1, 2014

The worst criminals in our society are the super rich. Bankers and CEOs cause horrible pain and suffering to millions of people around the world, but they are rarely punished for their crimes against humanity. Poor and working people, however,

A Nation of Mass Incarceration

February 1, 2014

The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world. While the U.S. has less than five percent of the world’s population, it has about 25 percent of the world’s prisoners – half a million more than China, which has