For some kids, jail is a school field trip. For others, it's nearly inevitable.
My state has the same number of churches as prisoners. This fact haunts me.
Some riots protest injustice. Others perpetuate it.
Here in Washington State, there is roughly the same number of churches as there are prisoners.
Though most of the American churches in the past failed to be a people that manifested the kingdom of God in society during racialized chattel slavery, as well as during Jim Crow white supremacy, we have the opportunity to repent and live into a new and more Jesus-shaped story, being a people that do what God requires; doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly before our God. (Micah 6:8)
Imprisonment in this country is long on punishment and shamefully short on rehabilitation.
Marie Gottschalk describes an American penal system that has all but abandoned any real attempt to rehabilitate its inmates.
The "war on drugs" approach to marijuana has had major costs. But the dawning era of legal marijuana presents its own set of public health problems.
Memphis is known for blues, barbecue, and kings. Elvis Presley, the "king of rock 'n' roll," shook, rattled, and rolled his way to stardom by drawing from the art of African Americans. He was, arguably, bigger than Jesus before John Lennon made that controversial claim for the Beatles in the 1960s. In that decade, Memphis became infamous for what happened to the preacher King. There to support the sanitation workers strike of 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and the legacy of bloodshed continues to haunt the city. Elvis and Martin are not the only kings of Memphis. There's also the king of kings.
Legislative action may be slow, but a new consensus is emerging: massive incarceration is unsustainable, both morally and financially.