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Locked Up and Locked Out: Applying an Assets Lens to Reentry

April 7, 2014
Publication Image This Friday, the Asset Building Program will be hosting an event about the impacts of incarceration on financial security and inclusion, highlighting a new piece by our fellow Monica Potts about a reentry program at the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore. As Monica’s article details, for ex-offenders, the institutional barriers to basic financial stability—let alone savings—are vast. For a group facing so many obstacles, is asset building even relevant?

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, and Legal Bias

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 15, 2013 |

APPENDIX: How Dangerous are Freed Guantanamo Prisoners?

June 5, 2014

As of June 5, 2014, 620 Guantanamo prisoners have been released or transferred abroad. Of those 620, we have identified 54 who are either confirmed to be or suspected of engaging in militant activities against either the U.S. or non-U.S. targets. We have placed them in the following categories:

Category 1: GTMO detainees confirmed to be engaging in militant activities against U.S. targets.

TOTAL: 15, 2.4%

The Sidebar: Taking on Guns and Brains on Trial

December 20, 2012

Robert Wright weighs in on whether the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School will spur a gun control policy change. Kayla Pope and Hank Greely, who we recorded after an October New America event, discuss the developing field of using brain science in the courtroom. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.


Jailed for a $425 Debt: The Criminalization of Poverty Reaches New Heights

August 23, 2012
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A series of recent articles from the St. Louis Dispatch has been documenting a disturbing trend in Missouri: the return of the debtors’ prison. Debtors’ prisons are technically illegal in all states, and largely regarded as a relic of the past. Still, Missouri and other states are increasingly jailing people for failure to pay private debts by relying on a technicality that permits incarceration when the debtor misses a court date. The Dispatch’s most recent installment focuses on the role of payday lenders in enforcing debts through the courts, resulting in additional fees and deep humiliation for customers who end up spending time behind bars. Payday lenders, however, are not alone in enforcing such serious penalties for an inability to repay a debt; moreover, this trend can be understood as but one facet of the larger criminalization of poverty.


  • By J.M. Berger
May 21, 2012

Since September 11, 2001, more than 300 U.S. residents have been prosecuted for crimes related to homegrown terrorism. About half were targeted by law enforcement using infiltration techniques – confidential informants, undercover operations, or, in some cases, both.[i]

New America NYC Event: Transnational Crime-Fighting

April 26, 2012

Ever wondered how FBI agents catch globe-trotting serial killers? Or how journalists report stories about imprisoned international criminals? Here’s your chance to find out: You're invited to jump — risk free — into the world of transnational crime-fighting.

Reduced Prison Phone Rates Pave the Road to Rehabilitation

April 20, 2012

This piece was co-authored with Clarissa Ramon, Outreach and Government Affairs Associate at Public Knowledge.

The Sidebar: Race Relations and the Evolution of Media

March 30, 2012
Tom Glaisyer and Reniqua Allen discuss the difficulty of talking about race in America and the evolution of media. Pamela Chan Hosts.

Inside Colin Powell's Decision to Declare Genocide in Darfur

  • By
  • Rebecca Hamilton,
  • New America Foundation
August 17, 2011 |

Sitting before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 9, 2004, Secretary of State, Colin Powell, was taking his time getting to the question that everyone in attendance was waiting for him to answer. "And finally" he said, "there is the matter of whether or not what is happening in Darfur is genocide."

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