Happiness is not good enough. Don’t rest on happiness. I mean it’s okay and I hope you are all happy, but we got to do more than that. Toni MorrisonJust one of many thought-provoking statements by Morrison in a 2010 conversation with Angela Davis on libraries, literacy, and liberation (and so  much more) The discussion …

Rich white man Robert H. Richards IV gets no jail time because he “will not fare well” in prison

(trigger warning: rape, child abuse) Robert H. Richards IV raped his 3 year old daughter and abused his toddler. A Delaware Superior Court decided he should get treatment and probation because “he will not fare well” in prison. I thought that’s the point. Seriously: So many young men and women (not only but especially poor …

Why do for-profit prisons have more inmates of color?

nprcodeswitch: These stats are some heavy stuff: “The concept of racial disparities behind bars is not exactly a new one. Study after report after working group has found a version of the same conclusion. The Sentencing Project estimates one in three black men will spend time behind bars during their…Why do for-profit prisons have more …

Among young black men in America, about 10 percent are currently incarcerated. It’s shocking, but we’ve almost grown used to it. But while those young men are in prison, what’s happening to their wives, girlfriends, mothers and sisters? Eviction. A new study coming out of Milwaukee shows that eviction is for black women what incarceration …

Australian Indigenous People in Prison

yousillyqueer: Australian indigenous people make up 3% of the total population, but almost 30% of the prison population. This is the highest indigenous imprisonment rate in the world. They are being imprisoned faster than South Africans during Apartheid were. This report puts the total Indigenous prison population at about 24%; 28.6% of Indigenous adults in New …

TRIGGER WARNING: Women are born free in the US but everywhere give birth in chains

fuckyeahgenderstudies: America is almost unique in the civilised world for forcing pregnant prisoners to undergo childbirth cuffed and shackled Hideous. If you can bear it, check out the link behind the headline. And it’s not like only people who committed violent crimes areconstrained – which would be bad enough. The first example in the text is a …