President Obama has granted clemency to dozens of people suffering harsh and unjust sentences for drug offenses, but there are thousands more who ought to be released and many more who will certainly be subjected to unconscionable sentences if action isn't taken at both state and federal levels of government.
The civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander is one of the people who is waking us up to history we don't remember, and structures most of us can't fathom intending to create. She calls the punitive culture that has emerged the "new Jim Crow," and is making it visible in the name of a fierce hope and belief in our collective capacity to engender the transformation to which this moment is calling.
During his first State of the City address Wednesday evening, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett pushed for a broad overhaul of Marion County's criminal justice system — including, but not limited to, the new jail that has long eluded city-county leaders.
As one of the country’s largest philanthropies, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has focused a lot of energy and resources toward the message that health is influenced by every aspect of our lives—our communities, personal behavior, education, and employment. It follows that supporting programs aimed at giving everyone a fair chance to live as healthy as possible is a big part of what they do.
Following a morning health scare that sent hunger striker Sellassie Blackwell to the hospital, the 39-year-old rapper and activist is back at the campsite in front of Mission Police Station where a group of five activists have been camping and fasting for 14 days.
Afeni Shakur, a onetime Black Panther, lifelong political activist, and the mother of famed rapper Tupac Shakur, died May 2 at her home in Sausalito. KQED Pop reached out to DJ, hip-hop historian and SFSU professor Davey D, who met with Shakur soon after Tupac died, for a personal remembrance.
Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, who has headed the Office of Justice Programs since 2013, announces in a guest post that her agency will no longer use words such as “felon” or “convict” to refer to released prisoners.