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Everybody’s got a story or a perspective about the criminal justice system. What’s yours? Here, you can easily upload video, audio, or text; and you can check out other people’s stories. 

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video April 15, 2014

Welcome to the Washington Prison Phone Justice Campaign

Welcome Video from Paul Wright, Executive Director for the Human Rights Defense Center, and Carrie Wilkinson, Washington Prison Phone Justice Director

From Washington Prison Phone Justice Campaign
blog March 22, 2014

National Forum on Police Crimes in Chicago May 16 - 17, 2014

From the Chicago Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression: We ask that all our sisters and brothers in the various strands of the people’s movement join together, May 16-17, 2014 in having this historic National Forum on Police Crimes. This forum will build a multi-racial, multi-national, and multi-cultural broad-based movement as a precursor to united democratic action. Our focus on united actions will defend and extend our democratic rights to organize, protest and bring power back to We The People!!

From Decarcerate Illinois
blog March 11, 2014

Dignity and Power Now/End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails’s Freedom Harvest collective goes to D.C.!!

Seeds of Resistance and Resilience: Lessons from the Dandelion evolving and cross pollinating social justice movements and hip-hop

From Dignity and Power Now
blog March 6, 2014

Shackled On Rikers Island During an Ectopic Pregnancy

One woman's story of being shackled while being taken to the hospital during her ectopic pregnancy.

From Birthing Behind Bars
blog February 17, 2014
Blog February 15, 2014

Spoon Jackson requests support letters

I have filed papers to the honorable governor of California Jerry Brown asking him to commute my LWOP sentence. Right now I am deep diving into the laws because there appear to be at least three paths I can create that possibly can lead to my physical freedom. You could help me by writing a support letter.

blog February 9, 2014

Expungement Summit open to the public on June 7, 2014

Advance notice of an expungement summit for both juveniles and adults.

From Decarcerate Illinois
blog February 5, 2014

What Happens After Birth?

What happens after birth? Margaret, who shared her experience of pregnancy and birth in Chicago's Cook County Jail, continues her story.

From Birthing Behind Bars
blog February 2, 2014

The Real Deal at Danbury: One Woman’s Experience Testing the BOP’s Commitment to Families

Stacy is a prisoner at FCI Danbury who just found out she's being transferred. Here is her story about the way mothers like her at Danbury are being treated at the women's facility at the heart of a recent federal battle to keep women close to their children.

From International CURE
blog January 31, 2014

State Police Postal Service?

The Virginia State Police utilizes the postal service to notify registrants when to register as a sex offender with the state. This story highlights why this is such a bad idea.

video January 31, 2014

Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.

"Broken On All Sides is a compelling documentary addressing racial inequities within our criminal justice system and its devastating collateral consequences. It is an excellent resource to use in educating, motivating, and empowering your group, organization, or community on this critical issue." - James E. Williams, Jr., North Carolina Public Defender Committee on Racial Equity,

blog January 31, 2014

Virginia State Postal Service?

The Virginia State Polices utilizes the postal service to notify registrants when to register as a sex offender with the state. This story highlights why this is such a bad idea.

blog January 30, 2014

Stand Up for Pro-Family Values in Mississippi | Time with Loved-Ones Promotes Community Safety

Study after study has shown that family connection is a key factor in rehabilitation for those who have committed a crime, but Mississippi is getting ride of programs that have been shown to keep communities safer by decreasing recidivism.

From Mississippi CURE
Video January 27, 2014

beyond the walls foundation

We offer a construction skills class for the Deaf in the DC Metro Area... (see all video)

From Jobs Not Jails
blog January 25, 2014

Mississippi will end conjugal visits, make its notorious prisons even worse | OP-ED

In a powerful OP-ED, Jarvis DeBerry drives home a compelling argument for Conjugal (or Family Reunification) Visits. What does this debate say about society's misguided focus on retribution? Are we all that different from apartheid South Africa? What happens when we dehumanize our prisoners?

From Mississippi CURE
blog January 20, 2014

Government Officials Go After Advocacy Group | Aren’t registries purely nonpunitive?

Safe Streets Arts Foundation is fighting in court with the help of the ACLU to defend website that exposes government officials who block rehabilitation for prisoners. With, SSAF also joins the ranks of organizations vocally advocating against the harmful & ineffective Sex Offender Registries - which are treated as a sacred cow by many.

From International CURE
blog January 17, 2014


Until February 1, 2014, the public can comment on the Board of Parole’s proposed regulation revisions and on the problems with current parole practices. Here is a listing of some of the incarcerated people, advocates, organizations, individuals, and family members that have already submitted comments.

From Release Aging People in Prison
video January 16, 2014


Even amidst a modest reduction in the U.S. prison population, the number of aging men and women expected to die behind bars has skyrocketed in a system ill prepared to handle them and still oriented towards mass incarceration.

From Release Aging People in Prison
blog January 15, 2014


My father, Robert Seth Hayes, has been an inmate of the New York State Correctional system since 1972. He was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. I was only two years old at the time of his incarceration.

From Release Aging People in Prison
video January 11, 2014


Get involved with VOTE.

From V.O.T.E.
audio January 10, 2014

Snap Judgement-The Registry

Josh Gravens was 13 years old when he was added to the Texas Sex Offender Registry, hear his story about living on the Registry.

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From Texas CURE
blog January 4, 2014

How a Powerful Lawyer-Turned-Priest is Changing the Lives of Men Behind Bars

A lawyer turned priest is working on the ground in Indiana Prisons to make a difference to the lives of prisoners. A new book profiles his journey and the lasting impression he has made in the lives of some of the neediest in our society.

From International CURE
video January 1, 2014

Sustainable Freedom - Restorative School Programs

Let's make 2014 the year to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline by supporting Restorative School Programs in Virginia!

From Sustainable Freedom
video December 22, 2013

18 Sheriff Deputies Indicted on Inmate abuse and Civil Rights Violations covers the Coalition's latest press conference calling out Sheriff Brutality.

From Dignity and Power Now
video December 22, 2013

Impartial Justice

"The most sacred of the duties of a government is to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens." --Thomas Jefferson

video December 22, 2013

Jason Asks for the Return of His Brother

Jason Summitt looks to Governor McDonnell to right a wrong.

video December 22, 2013

Governor McDonnell - Free Dusty

Please take action now and write Governor McDonnell!

video December 22, 2013

JD Leete - Documentary Filmmaker

"Target of Opportunity: The US Navy SEALS and the Murder of Jennifer Evans"

video December 22, 2013

Free Dusty

Keith asks you to Take Action Now!