Breaking Down the Prison Industrial Complex Video Project – Critical Resistance

In this period of astonishing energy and public discussion about the state of policing, detention, imprisonment, sentencing, and surveillance, CR is excited to release this new video series, Breaking Down the Prison Industrial Complex, as part of our Profiles in Abolition initiative. The videos explore the current state of the prison industrial complex (PIC) and how people are fighting back to resist and abolish it. As always, we feature abolition as a strategy to dismantle systems of harm and punishment in favor of systems that increase health, stability, and self-determination.


Straight Talk Support Group at NCCU

What a tragedy Mass Incarceration has become.  If you are Black and have a male child born after 2001, he has a 1 in 3 chance of spending time in prison.  I fit that demographic as my wife and I have a beautiful 12-year-old boy.  Please help us keep Xavier out of prison. We must do what we can to heal our community and to end Mass Incarceration, but we must work together if we are going to effect change.
With this understanding, I am pleased to announce that Straight Talk Support Group at NCCU is formally a student organization at NCCU, that our initial student leaders are in place, and that we will begin our bi-weekly program on September 21, 2017.  We will meet once in September and then twice a month thereafter.  We need your support, and we need committed student leaders.  The purpose of Straight Talk Support Group at NCCU is to listen, inform, support, and empower the NCCU community about issues arising from mass incarceration.
Credit goes to Shaakira Gill, a Social Work major, for taking the initiative to complete the necessary paperwork to create Straight Talk Support Group at NCCU.  Additionally, Ms. Gill has also attended meetings required by the university for all student organizations.  Some of you may recall that Ms. Gill met with faculty during the summer as we organized Straight Talk and planned activities for the school year.  We are very grateful for her important contribution.
Our charter officers were selected recently.  Ms. Gill will be serving as Secretary.  Corey Hamilton, a History major, is President.  Our Vice President is Kiana Knight.  Ms. Knight is also a History Major.  Essam (pronounced E som) LaBoone, an Education Major, is Treasurer.  We have a strong cadre of student leaders as our charter officers.  We will create a web presence where their biographical information will be posted so that you can read about them.  Our officers have already had their first meeting and have begun laying out plans for the semester.  Much of the work of Straight Talk at NCCU will be done in standing committees.  We will need students to work in those committees.  For instance, the officers have already discussed Angel Tree and have other exciting ways that students can be actively engaged.
The first public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21.  The time and location will be announced early this week.  Meetings will be held in the evening.  During the summer we created a tentative program of activities, which I have attached to this email.  At our first meeting, we will introduce the new organization to the NCCU community, seek members from among the students in attendance, and show the film 13th.  Please come and lend your expertise to our open discussions.
Again, please be on the look out for the location and time for the meeting.  Thank you.
Very Sincerely,
Charles D. Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History and
Director of the Public History Program

Incarceration Costs Significantly More than Supervision | United States Courts

The annual cost of detaining federal prisoners before trial and after sentencing is significantly higher than the cost of supervision in the community, according to figures compiled by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

In fiscal year 2016, detaining an offender before trial and then incarcerating him post-conviction was roughly eight times more costly than supervising an offender in the community. Placing an offender in a residential reentry center was about seven times more costly than supervision.

Sentencing reform and criminal defense groups launch state-level clemency project

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has teamed up with sentencing reform group Families Against Mandatory Minimums on the State Clemency Project, which seeks to recruit, train and support pro bono attorneys who will help state prisoners submit applications for commutations of their sentences. Sentence commutation ends a sentence, but does not erase the conviction as a pardon would