Prison

September 15, 2018
  From August 21 to September 9, 2018, prisoners in at least thirty prisons across 16 states engaged in strike actions. The actions ranged from hunger strikes to labor strikes and were initiated in…
January 6, 2018
To the Teacher: In recent years, some cities and states have decided to experiment with reducing or eliminating cash bail. Cash bail is an amount of money, set by a court, that a person must…
June 24, 2017
  To the Teacher   Michelle Alexander’s 2010 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, changed the conversation about race, racism, and incarceration in the United…
May 25, 2017
To the Teacher: Can we abolish prisons? In recent years, many reformers, politicians, prison wardens, and criminal justice theorists have come to the conclusion that our prison system is…
November 16, 2013
To the Teacher: This lesson considers some of the issues associated with what has been called the "U.S. prison-industrial complex," with a focus on youth imprisonment and private prisons. The lesson…
January 19, 2012
  By Mark Engler   To the teacher: January 11, 2012, marked the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. government detention camp at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. The…
November 7, 2011
By Alan Shapiro To the Teacher: American treatment of Iraqi and Afghan prisoners has created an international scandal and raised profound questions for the citizens of our country. The two readings…
November 7, 2011
To the Teacher: "Torture is wrong because it inflicts unspeakable pain upon the body of a fellow human being who is entirely at our mercy. The tortured person is bound and helpless. The torturer…
November 7, 2011
To the Teacher: American treatment of Iraqi and Afghan prisoners has created an international scandal and raised profound questions for the citizens of our country. How pervasive is the American…
July 23, 2011
To the Teacher The CIA has been getting some attention recently as a result of the "enhanced interrogation techniques" the agency used on terrorist suspects after 9/11, with Bush administration…