Tag Archives: prison industrial complex

California prisons have been sterilizing women for years

TweetYesterday the Sacramento Bee published a devastating (if unsurprising) article from the Center for Investigative Reporting revealing that, between 2006 and 2010, 148 female prisoners were illegally sterilized by force. Corey G. Johnson writes: At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules during those five years – and there are perhaps [...]
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Rick Perry declares second special session to pass “pro-life” bill on same day as 500th execution

TweetOne would think that the irony of such an action would be too much. But nope! Yesterday, the state of Texas executed Kimberly McCarthy, the state’s 500th execution since the death penalty was re-enacted in 1982: Her death marks a grim milestone in a state that kills more people than any other in the country. Texas [...]
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Quick Hit: Juanita Diaz-Cotto on women of color and the prison-industrial military complex

TweetCheck out this great interview with academic-activist Juanita Diaz-Cotto at Guernica. Juanita Diaz-Cotto knows she’s seen as radical. The activist academic blurs the lines that often delineate two clear, if not antagonistic, camps: scholarship and social justice. An expert on Latina and Chicana women’s experiences in the U.S. prison system, she’s been one among just a [...]
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Melissa Harris-Perry discusses single mothers, gun violence, and Obama’s “daddy issues”

TweetI don’t know if y’all heard Melissa Harris-Perry’s critique of President Obama’s speech on gun violence in Chicago last Friday. Watch it: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy This. All of this. No, seriously…MHP effectively deconstructs this false narrative of personal responsiblity and marriage as the balm to all [...]
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Quick Hit: The NYT on restorative justice

TweetPaul Tullis has a haunting piece in the New York Times on the role of forgiveness in the criminal justice system–explored through the aftermath of a devastating murder of a young woman, Ann Grosmaire, by her boyfriend Conor McBridge. The long article is a really tough read, but I appreciate that Tullis explores restorative justice [...]
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