A huge portion of the population doesn’t have the right to vote
Three in 10 black men can expect to lose their right to vote at some point in their lives, according to data from 2010 compiled by the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit that works to reform the criminal justice system. In Florida, Kentucky and Virginia, which have some of the harshest felon disenfranchisement laws, 1 in 5 African-Americans is denied the right to vote.
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12:01 pm • 9 September 2014 • 231 notes
Two of my favorite things:
At Washington state penitentiary, there’s a kitten foster program, “Kittens in the Klink,” in partnership with Blue Mountain Humane Society. Convicts are paired with motherless cats needing bottle feeding, cuddling and help to learn to not bite and claw. The temporary guardian cares for the cat until it’s old enough to go to the animal shelter for adoption.
Pictured above are inmate Jim Ruzicka with his current kitten.
This makes me so fucking uncomfortable…criminals like drug dealers and thieves are pretty likely to be trusted with pets, but murderers? People who have killed innocent, defenseless teenagers in the past? Nah. Please keep innocent, defenseless animals away from sick assholes like the dude in this picture.
It helps them recover. It’s called rehabilitation.
so I hate to be like, that guy, but for programs like this, it’s hard for most prisoners to qualify they don’t just hand out kittens to whatever prisoner asks for them. I know most definitely that there’s a program at the Larch Correction Facility in WA— they cannot have violent crime or animal abuse on their records, and have to be in good standing of the Department of Corrections, as well as an interview conducted by prison staff.
I remember reading this quick thing in regards to some of the effects of such programs on prisoners— results are hard to measure, at least imo, but I feel like part of rehabilitation involves teaching those types of people to nurture. It is something that some people are not taught how to do in their lives— especially those in prison/jail.
Thank you for being THAT guy. You’re restoring my faith in humanity.
12:01 pm • 8 September 2014 • 1,081 notes
On February 25, 2014, Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman testified at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearings on solitary confinement in Washington, DC. Unlike her fictional character, Kerman was never placed in solitary confinement. But she testified about the many women incarcerated alongside her who had:
While I was in prison, I saw many women sent to the SHU for minor infractions such as moving around a housing unit during a count, refusing an order from a correctional officer, and possession of low-level contraband like small amounts of cash (which is largely useless in prison) or having women’s underwear from the outside rather than prison-issued underwear. All of these infractions drew at least 30 days in solitary. Sometimes women are sent to the SHU immediately upon their arrival in prison because there aren’t any open beds.
Most politicians would rather ignore the reality of the problems with the prison system than address them head-on and risk being seen as “soft on crime.”Orange is the New Black—and Kerman’s determined attempt to link the peoples’ interest in the fictional story to real women’s suffering—has helped get Americans talking about prison in a way few pieces of pop culture have. It’s also a way to get people talking about women in the prison system rather than focusing the conversations around men. It’s also a sad truth that politicians and Americans in general are more likely to listen to a celebrity telling them about prison conditions than someone who didn’t become famous after being incarcerated. To her credit, Kerman (unlike some other celebrities who have experienced short stints behind bars) has been using her platform to advocate for change.
Read the article: Can “Orange is the New Black” Change the Way Congress Thinks About Prisons?
12:02 pm • 25 June 2014 • 37,526 notes
Claiming that even the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is air conditioned, prisoners in Texas have filed a federal lawsuit over soaring temperatures in state prisons that they say have killed at least 12 prisoners in the last three years.
The suit, filed by the Texas Civil Rights Project and the University of Texas School of Law Civil Rights clinic on behalf of the prisoners, isn’t seeking monetary damages. It seeks cooler temperatures for the prisoners. Eighty-eight degrees to be exact.
The lawsuit, broadly concerned about the lack of air conditioning across state facilities, centers on a facility in Navasota, Texas, known as the Wallace Pack Unit. Located about 70 miles northwest of Houston, the facility houses about 1,400 men. As of January, the compliant said, 114 men over the age of 70 were housed there. They have no air conditioning, and the windows which do open provide little relief, the suit claims, leading to temperatures inside that often exceed those outside.
12:02 pm • 23 June 2014 • 692 notes
How many people do we imprison in America? So many that 100,000 will die… of old age.
(Part of a series of photos by Tim Gruber. “I just watched one of my subjects die,” he writes. “I don’t want to get used to this.”)
12:01 pm • 7 June 2014 • 274 notes
There is none. If you read the “About" section, we make that somewhat clear. We make gifs of prison shows and occasionally reblog prison-related posts.
4:58 pm • 2 June 2014 • 4 notes