Could This be the Season?

During this season of “thanks” and “giving,” the NIA would like for all Americans to take a solemn moment to really focus on the similarities between families as victims of crime and families impacted by the consequences of incarceration...

The Fallacy of Equal Protection

Everyone heard tales of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy during childhood. As we grew older, a realization dawned within our young minds that in our innocence belief in those fallacies were errant, or worded another way, we believed a lie.

Shane Bauer Talks Working Undercover in a Private Prison

In 2014, investigative reporter Shane Bauer embarked on a daring journalistic experiment. He took a job as a $9-an-hour private-prison guard at Winn Correctional Facility in Louisiana, and managed to capture the inner workings of the sort of place reporters rarely ever venture to.

The Freedom to be Authentic this Fourth of July

By Kate Boccia Edited by Mark Olmsted I was born in the Midwest from somewhat humble beginnings. At the tender age of 5 we moved to New England where I began school. Every morning we placed our right hand over our hearts and said the Pledge of Allegiance. It was so automatic that we became […]

For prisons, let First Step Act be just that

The U.S. criminal justice system is in desperate need of an overhaul that builds off the understanding that crime is primarily a young man’s game and that harsh punishments destroy the lives of salvageable people.