Prisons

Author and reporter John Washington explains why there are prison strikes taking place across America. The Free Alabama Movement. Post Civil War America and the American prison system. How brands like McDonalds and Victoria Secret benefit from prison labor. How prisoners are working many hours and receiving no payment. The modern prison human rights movement […]
Former Missouri State Senator and author of  Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis explains the campaign violation that sent him to prison. Where Jeff Smith served his prison sentence and why he always supported prison reform. The untapped potential of prison and the “underground economy”. Who makes […]
Marie Gottschalk, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the new book Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics, explains the prison crisis in America. How American has become a prison state for many lower income Americans and people of color. Why many strategies for prison reform are […]
Ryan Cooper, a National Correspondent The Week Magazine explains how local jails are abusing human rights. How minor charges and Police harassment lead to the jailing and abuse of non-violent offenders and how local jail systems can be reformed. Also for Members only! A conversation from the Air America days with Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and comic […]