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Who Pays? Impact of Incarceration on Families

The Ella Baker Center‘s recent report, titled Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families employed trained community researchers who reached directly into communities in 14 states, probing into the

Our Friends from the North: Canada’s Conservative Turn

As policymakers in the United States are rethinking the country’s reliance on mass incarceration, both from a fiscal and a humanistic perspective, disturbing trends in Canada merit some attention–both because

What Does the Settlement in the Solitary Confinement Lawsuit Mean?

Almost a month ago we reported of a historic settlement ending Ashker v. Brown, the class action suit regarding conditions in solitary confinement. What remains is to figure out exactly

Pope Francis to Visit Philadelphia Jail: From Domestic Triviality to Human Rights Crime

Pope Francis greets a refugee during mass at the Church ofthe Gesu (Italy, 2013). Photo courtesy the Jesuit Refugee Service. Among Pope Francis plans for his stay in Philadelphia is

Juveniles in Adult Institutions

Yesterday we held a film screening and a panel on juveniles serving prison terms in adult institutions, which was cosponsored (and generously funded) by Rosen Bien Galvan and Grunfeld, LLP.

Elaine Brown Starts Farm Reentry Project in Oakland

For some optimistic news, look no farther than Oakland, where former Black Panther activist Elaine Brown has put together a beautiful reentry project. Civil Eats reports:  Brown’s project, announced last

Richard Glossip Granted Stay of Execution

Remember Glossip v. Gross? The Supreme Court decided it just this summer, where five Justices were in a big rush–unsupported, it seems, by science–to approve the sedative midazolam in executions,

Almond “Feta”

This was a massive pantry day! We made three loaves of seitan–Italian, Berbere, and Cajun–and froze most of them. And I also made almond “feta”, which is now happily brining

Step-By-Step Seitan

I’ve been wanting to make homemade seitan for a while, ever since I took Psalm Lewis’ wonderful cooking class. At that workshop, we made vegan pot pie with seitan made

Juvenile Solitary Bill Fails

Amidst the joyous news following the settlement in Ashker v. Brown comes a less encouraging development: AB 124, which would severely limit the use of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities (to