For Brazilian prisoners, turning pages will shorten sentences

Homer, Steinbeck and Dickens. Every high schooler has to read them, and now, their works might be a way for Brazilian prisoners to get their hands on a “get out of jail early” card. According to a Reuters.com article, the Brazilian government announced earlier this week that a new program called “Redemption through Reading” will […]
Jun 30, 2012
King County's current juvenile detention facility, on 12th Ave and Alder St, has fallen into disrepair. Prop 1 would expand property taxes to build a new facility. (Photo by Matthew Rutledge via Flickr)

Why King County doesn’t need a new juvenile hall

You might have guessed from the green King County elections envelope sitting on your table that there’s an election coming up on Tuesday. In the midst of a lot of local races that won’t really get decided until November, there’s a pressing item on the ballot. It’s King County Proposition 1, which would create a nine-year, […]
Aug 3, 2012
Kenneth Bae in China before his arrest. (Photo courtesy FreeKenNow.com)

Can media attention get Kenneth Bae out of North Korea?

With yet another North Korean political prisoner released this week, Kenneth Bae's family and supporters are left wondering if media attention is helping or hurting.
Mar 4, 2014
Former SPD Police Chief Norm Stamper, who resigned following the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Former SPD chief sees global solutions for police problems

Calling the war on drugs a failure, former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper says law enforcement in the U.S. could take a few lessons from other countries.
Apr 11, 2014
An unidentified detainee at the Northwest Detention Center in 2008. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

National Poetry Month: Send us your poem about immigration

April is National Poetry Month, and while there are many ways to celebrate, one I enjoy is participating in the 30/30. Writing 30 poems in 30 days, one a day, like a vitamin to stimulate the creative juices in your soul… or to taunt and frustrate you mercilessly, depending on the day. Sometimes you need a […]
Apr 14, 2014
A mural of Angela Davis at the Abode of Chaos Museum in France. (Photo by Thierry Ehrmann)

Featured Event: Angela Davis talks mass incarceration at Evergreen

This Saturday, April 19, at Evergreen State College in Olympia, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is hosting Peace Works 2014, a daylong conference leading up to a keynote conversation titled Yet Again as Captives: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. & Palestine. Angela Davis and Noura Erakat will be this year’s keynote speakers. 
Apr 18, 2014
UW student Michael Moynihan spoke to the council about his own positive experiences alternatives to youth detention. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Update: resolution to stop youth jail passes unanimously in City Council

The City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday that could block the construction of a new youth jail in Seattle.
Sep 17, 2015

F.I.G.H.T. helps Asian, Pacific Islanders readjust after prison

F.I.G.H.T., or Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together, provides mentoring and support to men of Asian or Pacific Islander descent in state prisons.
Mar 25, 2016
Irene Auma, at center, helps conduct a yoga class at Thursdayin Seattle. Auma plans to start the first yoga-in-prisons program in Kenya. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

On a mission to bring yoga, compassion to Kenyan prisons

Irene Auma is in Seattle this week taking special yoga-training classes in hopes of bringing her skills back home to vulnerable people in Kenyan prisons.
Apr 1, 2016

After prison, programs help with tough transition home

Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education (HOPE) will host a panel discussion Monday on prison education and its role in the criminal justice system.
May 20, 2016

Inmate leaders help maintain order at Nepalese prison

Inmates organize routines and activities including yoga and singing, and have tasks such as cleaning and bookkeeping. The prison is clean and peaceful.
Jul 21, 2016
The GEO Group's headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo from Wikipedia)

GEO Group stocks fall after Justice Dept. plans end of private prisons

Activists also have criticized GEO Group's management of the Northwest Detention Center, accusing it of cutting costs on services for immigration detainees.
Aug 18, 2016
Inmates of the Washington Corrections Center for Women practice yoga at a Yoga Behind Bars teacher training. (Photo by Emily Westlake)

Training new yoga teachers behind bars

Yoga Behind Bars has offered yoga classes to prisoners for a while. Now it’s teaching inmates at the women’s prison near Gig Harbor how to lead classes themselves.
Dec 9, 2016
Outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where immigrants facing deportation are incarcerated, and immigration cases are heard by the Justice Department's Executive Office of Immigration Review. (Photo by Damme Getachew)

Northwest Detention Center sued by state over $1-a-day wage

The suit says GEO Group violated state minimum wage laws, after it paid Northwest Detention Center immigrant detainees $1 a day.
Sep 20, 2017

The New Talent Playbook: Removing Barriers for Formerly Incarcerated Professionals

Unloop is a nonprofit with the mission to enable people who have been in prison to succeed in careers in tech. Join them for a night of conversation around removing barriers for formerly incarcerated professionals in tech. The event will begin with a panel featuring formerly incarcerated software developers and the companies that hire them, followed by […]
Nov 27, 2017

Corruption reigns in Mexico’s prisons

The notoriously crooked system extorts bribes from prisoners' friends and families to ensure they receive even the most basic services.
Dec 6, 2017