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Policy Round-Up: The REDEEM Act

Written by Nakia Gladden

In the most unlikely of pairs, first-term Senators Corey Booker and Rand Paul, have teamed up to introduce a measure that will create a comprehensive overhaul of the US Criminal Justice system. The legislation, called the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment (REDEEM Act), was introduced Tuesday, July 8th.

Written On Wednesday, July 09 2014 14:06

Policy Round Up: Gun Control

Written by Tyler Grote

Last Monday, the United States was shocked and saddened by yet another mass shooting rampage, this time just miles from the White House at Washington, DC's Navy Yard. As with recent tragedies in Aurora, Colo. and Newtown, Conn., as well as the high-profile George Zimmerman case in Florida, the general public and elected officials have called for serious gun control reform.

Written On Monday, September 23 2013 15:34

Policy Round Up: Gun Control

Written by Moriah Ray


With the recent ruling in the George Zimmerman case debates on race relations have filled the headlines, along with heated commentary about the future of gun control legislation. Florida resident, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin after pleading self defense. Zimmerman’s lawyers argued that under the Stand Your Ground laws of Florida Zimmerman was completely justified in shooting the unarmed teen. This incident has fueled a great deal of controversy over the legitimacy of Stand Your Ground and gun control laws in the United States as a whole. Nationally, the Zimmerman trial has managed to push gun control back to the forefront of public policy discussions.

Written On Friday, July 19 2013 10:16

Sentencing in Toddler’s Death Highlights Importance of Needs-Based Services for Families

Written by Mariah Craven

On the morning of May 31st, Biannela Susana will find out how much more time she’ll spend in prison in connection with the death of her youngest son. Whether the judge sentences her to the maximum 30 years or not, it’s hard to imagine that any punishment will top the nightmare that her life has been so far. In 2011, Biannela and her then 12-year-old son Cristian were charged in the death of two-year-old David.

Written On Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:59

Policy Round Up: Death Penalty

Written by Shanel Adams

Senator Joel Anderson’s new bill hopes to revitalize the death penalty in California. One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is the proposal for gas chambers to be included in their death penalty system. This will allow California to be the only place globally to use suffocation as a form of criminal punishment.

Written On Friday, April 26 2013 12:57

The Dreamer’s Vanishing Army

Written by Henrie Treadwell

Martin Luther King, Jr., the drum major for justice, might have some difficulty today raising an army of soldiers for justice! The time for marching is not over as civil rights struggles continue. Witness the pandemic levels of mass incarceration. In many cities the young men, the men who used to march in an earlier era, are gone away to years behind the fence of jail or prison.

Written On Thursday, February 14 2013 09:20

African American Fathers and Incarceration: The Creation and Embellishment of a Stereotype

Written by Henrie Treadwell

In the mind’s eye, in the press, in the common vernacular, the African American man is not a responsible parent as there are so many single women raising the children alone, in poverty. Often children are raising their siblings while the mother works, but we rarely think or speak of them. To understand how we came to this place it is necessary to take a trip back to the future.

Written On Friday, December 14 2012 10:25

Incarceration’s Smallest Victims: The Children

Written by Henrie Treadwell

Prison stays have become all too common in the African American community. Today, the length of the sentence has increased, as has the distance from prisoners’ homes, disrupting the lives of incarcerated families.

Written On Tuesday, December 20 2011 15:57

The African-American Community and Incarceration: Silent Too Long!

Written by Henrie Treadwell

The impact of the mass incarceration of African American men in the U.S. for largely the same group of drug-related crimes are monstrous and devastating on all of society. In the United States, African Americans, who are 12% of the population, are 44+ percent of the prison population.

Written On Wednesday, May 04 2011 15:13