The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is an Atlanta-based public interest law firm. They represent people on death row in Georgia and Alabama, poor people accused of crimes, and others who are the most vulnerable within the criminal justice system. They also adovcate and lobby for reforms at the state level.
Drivers of Mass Incarceration
30303 Atlanta , GA
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses the Moynihan report on "The Negro Family", and looks back at its conclusions in the context of the evolution of the carceral state and the effects on the African-American family.
Author argues that Civil Rights-era liberalism laid the foundations for the American carceral state. She taces the historical trajectory of race and imprisonment from the 1940s to the present.
2014 study of the causes of mass incarceration
From the website: "The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums.
10019 New York , NY
New York US
As described on its web site, this widely read book shows that “by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness."
Article describes how prisons exploit incarcerated people as a source of labor: low wages paid to incarcerated worker, high profits to private prison firms, kickbacks to state from prison contractors, lobbying by for-profit prison firms, price-gouging of incarcerated people at the commissary (company store), debt peonage, etc.
"The Promise of Justice Initiative seeks to reform Louisiana’s criminal justice system and abolish the death penalty." The work is focused on "ending the death penalty, fixing inhumane conditions of confinement, exposing prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, eliminating poor representation of criminal defendants, and ending racial discrimination in the criminal justice system."
70113 New Orleans , LA
Biography of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets when he returns home.
"WISDOM is a grassroots organization, comprised mostly of religious congregations of many denominations, which works to have a common voice on issues of social justice in Wisconsin. In all, WISDOM includes participation from about 160 congregations, of 19 different religious traditions." WISDOM does not work exclusively to end mass incarceration, but it is the leading focus of the work.
53207 Milwaukee , WI