Mass Incarceration. The New Jim Crow. The War on Drugs. Thanks to Professor Michelle Alexander these phrases are now intimately linked in the minds of social justice advocates and faith leaders as we begin a critical struggle for fairness, justice and human rights in the criminal courts, police precincts and prisons of America. The Next Movement is convinced that America can do better, and that the majority of Americans would want us to do better, if they knew the truth. The truth about systemic incarceration, structural second class status, completely uneven law enforcement practices, oppressive and selectively enforced laws that is filling the prisons of America.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Torture Panel Dies of Malnourishment

I guess it shouldn't surprise anyone that Illinois, a state with a reputation for political corruption like no other, should vote to remove the measly $235,000 needed to keep its Torture Commission operating for another year.

As reported in the Chicago Tribune today, as the commission prepares to release its first recommendations today, it will also most likely be its last. Click here to read article.

It is incredibly sad that with all we already know about the Burge torture scandal, and the many citizens that have already been released as a result of torture derived confessions, our legislators could kill the one agency that was finally bringing some light to issue. Perhaps too much light.

Daryle Brown

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