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Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Mass Incarceration 

Incarceration in the U.S. has gone beyond a system of rehabilitation, retribution or even deterrence. It has become mass incarceration—a set of practices designed to exert control over entire swaths of the population.

Background ISIS: There Are Nonmilitary Options  

Military action against ISIS militants will not help build a world free of war and the threat of war. Yet that is the direction that President Trump is going.

Background The Torture Report 

Small steps are constantly being made in a long and difficult journey. We must learn from both the Torture Report and the recent Committee Against Torture review and admit responsibility. Only after acknowledging the full scope of U.S. torture can we heal and prevent these horrific mistakes from repeating themselves. 

Background The Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay: A Dark Chapter 

Soon after September 11, 2001 and the ensuing global war on terror, the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay was established.

Update #RaiseTheWage: A Moral Imperative 

It is time for Congress to restore the value of the minimum wage, and to allow it to fulfill its intended purpose by raising the wage floor, eliminating the sub-minimum tipped wage, and affixing both to the nation’s median wage.

Update What Netanyahu Got Wrong 

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before a joint meeting of Congress. Below is a quick reaction on what Netanyahu got wrong, and some of the problems with the substance, timing, and how the speech was arranged in the first place.

Background A Radical Return to Common Principles 

Climate change is considered by many to be the greatest challenge facing humanity. We are the first generation to recognize the errors in the way we live our lives, and perhaps the last generation able to do something about it. The stakes are vast and monumental.

Background Long-Term Effects of Incarceration 

Ending mass incarceration means working to close the front door of prisons, preventing nonviolent offenders from being incarcerated in the first place. It also means opening doors for people after release.

Update It's Time for Smarter Sentencing 

On February 12, 2015, Congress reintroduced a vital piece of legislation which, if adopted into law, may well be the most important advancement for criminal justice in the 114th Congress.

Update Watershed Week for Diplomacy 

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of Congress. He will be speaking on the same day as more than 10,000 advocates with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) are expected to lobby their members of Congress to support imposing new sanctions on Iran.

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