Education. Dialogue. Reform

The greatness of America exists within our ability to mobilize the will of ”We The People” and rectify injustices and immoralities within our Nation. There is an ongoing multi-century debate regarding the primary objective of prison. Is it to punish? Rehabilitate? Provide public safety? All of these?

Take a moment and use the posted videos and downloads to begin your own research to educate yourself on this issue. We believe you’ll come to the same conclusion as we have reached:

The abolishment of slavery and servitude, in any form, is the will of “We The People”.

UN Human Rights Declaration of 1948

9 Dec 1948 -  Universal Declaration of Human Rights - General Assembly, 3rd Session, 180th and 181st Plenary Meetings

Statements by Mr. Charles Malik (Lebanon), Ms. Eleanor Roosevelt (United States), Mr. Hernan Santa Cruz (Chile), Mr. René Cassin (France) and Mr. Zdonek Augenthaler (Czechoslovakia).

Michelle Alexander: Neo Slavery

Michelle Alexander’s thought provoking and well documented “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” will challenge your current paradigm on being “tough on crime.”

Another thoughtful discussion by Michelle Alexander

PBS: Slavery By Another Name

This PBS documentary challenges one of Americans’ most widely held assumptions: that slavery in America ended with the 13th Amendment. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, a new system of prison slavery came into being. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters

PBS discussion on Convict Leasing system

Private Prisons and Modern Slavery

Michele Keagle’ research is a thought provoking analysis of America’s private prison system. It is well resourced and provides a good starting point to assist you with reaching an informed, thoughtful viewpoint.

Restorative Justice: Next Generation Model?

“Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. This can lead to transformation of people, relationships and communities.”

PDF APA Article on Punish vs Rehabilitate

PDF Norway Prison Rehabilitation