The prison phone call industry doesn't just cost prisoners, but also their families. Photo credit: iStock. For inmates, phone calls are a service that can cost hundreds of dollars a month. In many states, five hours of phone calls can cost around $300 dollars — an amount that’s utterly unaffordable for many families. This price is especially inconceivable since most … [Read more...] about Calling While Incarcerated: the Exorbitant Price of Communication in Prisons
Gov. Laura Kelly Photo Credit: Kansas City Star. On Thursday June, 24th, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, broke from tradition and granted clemency to eight individuals in the middle of her term. Officials incarcerated three of those individuals for nonviolent cannabis-related offenses. Clemency and pardons are tremendous judicial powers that governors and presidents … [Read more...] about Kansas Governor Grants Clemency to 8 Individuals, 3 for Cannabis-Related Crimes
Pictured above: Diane Williams, coordinator of Planting Justice's volunteer and Holistic Re-Entry Program. Photo credit: Planting Justice. America comprises 4% of the total world population. Yet the U.S. has more than 20% of the world's total incarcerated population, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. That means that American incarcerates one out of every five … [Read more...] about Planting Justice: Helping End the Cycle of Incarceration Through Agriculture
Terry Blevins, former officer and current advocate for police reform. Photo provided by Blevins. Many Americans believe that members of law enforcement oppose drug reform. That’s not true for Terry Blevins, a former officer in Maricopa County, Arizona and international security specialist with the U.S. government. Blevins is one of the more than 15,000 members of … [Read more...] about A Conversation With a Former Cop on Drug and Police-Reform
Is the preference for natural over synthetic drugs ubiquitous? Photo credit: Envato. There is a common error in reasoning called the naturalistic fallacy. It occurs when one conflates what is natural with what is good. The issue is that oftentimes, the one deploying this argument determines exactly what natural means. One bigoted example is the homophobic argument … [Read more...] about Natural or Synthetic Drugs: an Arbitrary Preference?