Category Archives: Prisoners

From Profile to Prison: Criminalization of a Community

While news of police mistreatment in African-American communities is nothing new in the post-Rodney King era, what is new is the nation-wide organizing against it. From Los Angeles to New York, Chicago to Champaign—grass roots organizations have come together to … Continue reading

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Pages to Prisoners

While American politicians repeatedly throw around words like ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’ as cornerstones of their policies, approximately 1.4 million inmates sit in U.S. prisons. Why is this? Why does America have so many jails? One might be tempted to respond … Continue reading

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How the Prison-Industrial Complex Threatens Democracy in America

• The prison-industrial-complex has expanded dramatically over the last generation, becoming one of the fastest growth industries in the United States of America; housing over 2 million prisoners and supervising almost 5 million parolees and probationers, America’s prison systems controls … Continue reading

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Why Do I Care About Convicts?

Why do I care about convicts? Why do I care about our injustice system? “There but for the grace of God go I.” Being a recovering addict and having community with similar others, I know so many people who today … Continue reading

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You Have the Right to Remain Silent

On Nov. 20, I was among thousands of people gathered in Miami, Florida to protest negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Estimates range from 5,000 to 20,000, but it is clear that however many people were … Continue reading

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(Medical) Debtors Prison Alive and Well in Champaign County

    -  and unplanned, and with the rising cost of health care, many people are quickly plunged into debt, bankruptcy, financial ruin, and poor health as a result of mounting bills and hospitals’ aggressive collection practices. … Continue reading

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