A book was released in September of 2018 entitled Chokehold: Policing Black Men. The essence of the book is that through various means, black men suffer lethal effects of societal racism at the hands of law enforcement. The use of the term “chokehold” is a reference to Eric Garner, a black man who was arrested…

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has issued a call for radical changes in the criminal justice system in the State of Arizona. The report, issued this month, focuses first on the fact that over the past 50 years, the United States has increased dramatically its use of and reliance upon the criminal justice system…

The policy of the Arizona Department of Corrections is to check to make sure that “contraband” is not being sent out into the world by prison inmates. The problem is that the policy and practice of the DOC included a page-by-page review of the content of outgoing inmate mail sent to the inmates’ attorneys. This,…

No more pink underwear for prisoners Back in 1993, when former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was first elected, his campaign stressed a “tough on crime” attitude. Somehow, that campaign stance morphed into Maricopa County’s “Tent City.” This is a county jail facility of sorts, where the prisoners work, live and eat outdoors, even in…

We have talked in the past about the undisputed fact that the United States is the incarceration capital of the world. We have the highest rate of incarceration of any nation on earth. With under 5% of the world’s population, we have 22% of the world’s prisoners. So what’s wrong with this picture? Well, lots…

A federal judge told the courtroom earlier this month that she would consider whether to accept an agreement between the attorneys for an Arizona prison inmate and the State of Arizona to end racial segregation in Arizona’s prisons. While the state denies that it has a policy of racial segregation in the prisons, Arizona is…

The prison population in the United States is not simply enormous, it’s part of a huge business enterprise. There are well over two million people in the country who are incarcerated, and the rate of incarceration – about 750 people for every 100,000 people – is the highest in the world. Strange? Maybe, but only…

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