Marshall Fund Research on Prisons and Incarceration

May 21 Ahmaud Arbery and the Local Legacy of Lynching How the white vigilante killing of the unarmed, black jogger in Brunswick, Georgia, is both an echo of past violence and a modern call to action.By JENNIFER RAE TAYLOR and KAYLA VINSON Like many residents of Brunswick, Georgia, where the public landscape features no memorialization of local lynching history, Ahmaud Arbery likely died …

Prison without Punishment: Human Dignity is Inviolable

December 20, 2018 Out From the Holocaust Germany reckoned with its past to build a better justice system. America should too. By AMY L. SOLOMON It’s the overall culture that feels most foreign. Relationships with staff are respectful and collegial, not adversarial. People who are incarcerated are seen and treated as people—not inmates, convicts, or “other.” The underpinnings of the German prison …

Poverty Amidst Pandemic: A Moral Response to COVID-19

Campaign created byRev. Dr. William Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us into an unprecedented national emergency. This emergency, however, results from a deeper and much longer-term crisis – that of poverty and inequality and of a society that ignores the needs of 140 million people who are poor or a $400 emergency away …

‘Prisoners—especially Blacks, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans—are increasingly advancing the proposition that they are political prisoners. They contend that they are political prisoners in the sense that they are largely the victims of an oppressive politico-economic order’

Though that definition of political prisoner is unorthodox, it illustrates the political and economic nature of criminalization. This is why observers of Black August connect the fight to free “revolutionary” political prisoners to the broader struggle against US prisons. Mass incarceration is a symptom of the same system that political prisoners have dedicated their lives towards fighting. According to a new …