Category Archives: Politics

What This Election Means for Criminal Justice Reform and America’s Rising Three Party System

There is no need to write an ad hominem synopsis to the unprecedented 2016 Presidential election race, so let’s jump right into it. Those of us who have deep involvement on specific political issues can anticipate what this election means. … Continue reading

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2016: The year of voting rights, public defenders, sentencing reform, and Albert Woodfox

 The Epicenter of Race, Voting, and Mass Incarceration New Orleans has always been a national news story. Northern parts of America probably understood the Free People of Color, prior to the Civil War, as much as they could understand contemporary … Continue reading

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HUD’s new rules may have major impact on affordable housing for people with criminal records

Last week was celebrated for President Obama’s encouragement for America to reduce employment discrimination against people with past records, and his own executive action to ban the box on federal job applications. The heart of that story is how directly … Continue reading

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When Candidates Oppose the Right to Vote

“Citizenship means standing up for everyone’s right to vote,” Obama said.  But does he, and other politicians truly mean it?  At a recent forum featuring four candidates for the New Orleans sheriff election, I asked a question regarding voting rights … Continue reading

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Part Four: Is Campaign Finance Driven By Cops, Courts, and Corrections?

Mayor Bloomberg is term-limited, thus the city will lose its primary supporter of the Stop & Frisk policy in 2013.  Whereas many Democrats participated in the Silent March of over 10,000 people last summer, some Republicans have suggested that NYPD … Continue reading

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Unprison 2011-2013 Index

Below you will find an index of the articles written over the past several years for Unprison.  Readers are encouraged, as issues arise in your area, to utilize the research, analysis, and opinions presented below.  Some of these have appeared elsewhere, … Continue reading

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Alliance Pushes Census Bureau on Miscounting Prisoners

Prison Policy Initiative has been at the forefront of the longstanding dilemma where prisoners have been used to bulk up the populations of rural prison towns, while draining numbers from the urban centers they are arrested in.  The victories seen … Continue reading

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Why Big Banks Will Pay The Piper in 2013

Many Americans still await the day Wall Street is held accountable for the financial crisis, and an end to “Nobody saw this coming” excuses.  A new report, Subprime Mortgage Crisis- Is 2013 Beginning or End?, examines the slow and certain … Continue reading

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Jean Valjean is a Friend of Mine

Most reviews of Les Miserables discuss the singing, editing, and acting, disregarding the original text of Victor Hugo.  I write the simple reflections of a former prisoner who read this ex-con tale while sitting in a cell, with only a feint hope … Continue reading

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4 Reasons The NRA is a Red Herring

In the wake of another tragedy, calls for gun regulation rises again.  Many citizens do not tend to “wait and see” what the politicians will do, and many expect a little saber-rattling and then see their elected officials bow down … Continue reading

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