Until the use of prison labor is banned, many stakeholders will be incentivized to prevent felons from being rehabilitated.
- The Thirteenth amendment prohibits slavery in the U.S. except as punishment for a crime.
- A considerable number of public institutions, private companies, and individuals benefit from prison labor.
- Is true prison reform possible when some many stand to gain from this legalized form of slavery?
Researchers discover government agencies use facial recognition software on photos from local DMVs.
- FBI and ICE routinely scan through millions of photos in state DMV databases.
- The agencies use facial recognition software to find matches for suspects.
- Congressmen on both sides of the isle are worried about privacy implications of such unregulated practices.
Activist and Big Think reader Roy M. Arce explains his idea for a new community policing team and how it can halt vicious cycles of PTSD and homelessness.
- Roy Arce is a U.S. veteran with PTSD whose traumatic experiences with police led him to draft a proposal for how communities and police can work better together.
- A new kind of police response team – made up of at least one police officer and a trained community peace representative – would be part of what Arce calls "the greatest PTSD healing curriculum" in the U.S.
- This civilian proposal would also seek to treat homelessness in one of the country's most affected regions.
Here's how we can use the concept of 'impact impression' for criminal reform.
- In his work in criminal reform, Bishop Omar Jahwar recounts how a person's life trajectory can typically be traced back to a moment of trauma or an 'impact impression'.
- An impact impression has two outcomes: It can be an awakening that steers people in a positive direction where they seek help, or it can become a negative spiral that lands them in prison. In the latter case, supporting people in undoing the damage and mental scars they've incurred from such impact impressions can help reduce recidivism.
- The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect.
What happens to a person's identity when they are forced to play a hypermasculine role just to survive?
- Prison is not a place where it pays to be vulnerable.
- Living in prison involves survival through developing a front, or a mask to live behind.
- Many men in prison develop a hypermasculine sense of self that shows no fear, emotion or distress to cope with the threatening overtones of the prison community.