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“States and localities have come to take for granted that defendants will significantly underwrite their arrest, detention, prosecution and conviction. These dollars are part of a river of money flowing from families and communities with the least amount to spare to government agencies and businesses that profit from charging for justice.”

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“The Hammer Museum played host to the third annual “Her Dream Deferred: On the Status of Black Women,” a three-night series held by the African-American Policy Forum (AAPF) that is  intended to offer analysis and dialogue surrounding the current status of black women and girls in the United States; and to explore multifaceted solutions to […]

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“Last year, the Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council was tasked with forming a three-year plan to safely lower the jail population. Strategies include reducing jail bookings for lower level offenses such as simple possession marijuana and open container, while increasing alternatives for people dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse.  Other initiatives include cutting […]

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“The United States has the largest prison population in the world. And that makes it the nation’s largest mental health provider by default. A 2014 report by the Treatment Advocacy Center estimates that, while 35,000 mentally ill persons are treated in psychiatric hospitals, 10 times that number are housed in state prisons and jails.”

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