Common’s prison concert tour inspires incarcerated people on their path to rehabilitation

"This is a new story, a new narrative we’re going to tell together. And I believe that each and every one of you is going to write that story for yourself.”

These 5 financial heroes are improving vulnerable people’s lives

Grim headlines getting you down? Here are five money heroes to inspire you with their altruism and hustle.

Jeff Sessions' anti-crime champion has one answer for our incarceration crisis: more jail.

"When you put criminals in prison, crime goes down. It really is that simple."

The Bresha Meadows case reveals what black domestic violence survivors are up against

A 15-year-old's murder trial will be another reckoning on black women and domestic violence.

Here's why the Trump administration will be good for private prisons — and bad for inmates

Jeff Sessions is a big proponent of private prisons.

The FCC Tried to Cap Rates on the Prison Industrial Complex — Here's What Happened Instead

Before, there was a victory. Instead, they compromised with corporations.


Obama Administration to Award 12,000 Prison Inmates Pell Grants to Use on College Tuition

Advocates of Second Chance Pell Pilot program say educating inmates helps prevent repeat offenses.

The White House Wants to Use Artificial Intelligence to Solve Mass Incarceration

Predictive algorithms are more powerful than ever. They should help people stay out of jail.

Texting and Email Won't Help Your Depression — People Need In-Person Visits

One group of Americans is particularly at risk.

The End of Prison Visitation

This is the prison industrial complex you've never heard of.


Obama Administration Calls on States for Prison Reforms to Reduce Solitary Confinement

There's a wall between federal and state laws when it comes to reforming prisons.

Here's How a Prison Instagram Account Earned 76,000 Followers in A Year

Two journalists are trying to change how and when we talk about incarceration.

Microsoft Will Help Police Predict Who Is Most Likely to Commit Future Crimes

The American prison system is rife with inequality — and we need a solution like this.

Here's the Harsh Truth About What's Going to Happen to 6,000 Just-Released Drug Offenders

"No one cared about their lives after release."


Bernie Sanders Plans to Introduce a Bill Banning For-Profit Prisons

It's an issue that doesn't get the attention it deserves.

Obama Is Taking a Step to Reverse One of the Worst Ideas of the Clinton Era

This could change a lot for mass incarceration.

San Francisco Prison Allegedly Forced Inmates into Gladiatorial Games for Their Amusement

Another example of a U.S. prison system gone to hell.

One U.S. State Locks Up More People Per Capita Than China and Russia Combined

A sign of just how bad the U.S.'s prison system has become.

One-Third of the World's Women in Prison Have One Striking Thing in Common

It's a much bigger problem than we think.

Exactly Where America's Prison System Went Wrong, in One Simple Video

"We're living inside a massive $75 billion per year failed experiment."

19 Actual Statistics About America's Prison System

Numbers that will seriously make you question the "land of the free."

Staggering Report Tells How U.S. Prison System Turns Inmates Into More Hardened Criminals

"If you treat people like animals, they behave like it."


How a College Crush Made Me An Activist Against Prison Profiteering

I wasn't much of a political activist, but that all changed when I met her.

Roots' Singer Dice Raw Rages to PolicyMic About the "Overdone, Gangster" Narrative Of Black America

In an interview with PolicyMic, The Roots singer Dice Raw discusses his new album, the plight of black youth, and why he just can't stay mad at President Obama.

Here's What 'Sesame Street' Can Teach Us About Prison Reform

The new initiative undertaken by Sesame Street and the release and death of Herman Wallace all point to the same thing: the need for prison reform.

Colorado is Giving $2 Million to a Private Prison Company for Nonexistent Inmates

Private prison companies are not making the streets safer, they are just making themselves richer.