Politics and prisons, populations and pardons: repeating the past in more expensive ways

By Kyle Ellison  February 6, 2020  (Revised October 12, 2020)  Disabled prison inmates in Frankfort, Kentucky circa 1911 In his final days in office Governor Bevin issued 650 pardons, several of which were highly controversial. We should think about the remaining 37.000 people who remain in Kentucky’s prisons and jails. Over the 220 years Kentucky has … Continue reading Politics and prisons, populations and pardons: repeating the past in more expensive ways

2020 School Board Candidates Respond to FOR Issues Questionnaire

The Aim Higher subcommittee of Fellowship of Reconciliation, Louisville Chapter (FOR) is continuing to expand its advocacy work in the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). For that work to succeed, we believe that all residents of Jefferson County must educate themselves about critical public education issues and elect school board members who are responsive to … Continue reading 2020 School Board Candidates Respond to FOR Issues Questionnaire

Systemic racism and the costs of incarceration

By Kyle Ellison July 3,2020 A version of this article appeared in the Courier-Journal The nine-minute video of George Floyd’s murder is proving to be the most influential video ever made.  Racist policing is front and center now, causing white people to stop ignoring other elements of systemic racism. Black people have endured persistent inequalities … Continue reading Systemic racism and the costs of incarceration