Friday, Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison riots, marked the beginning of the largest prison strike in U.S. history. Organizers protested poor living conditions caused by mass incarceration and exploitative prison jobs. Despite the scope of the strike, it garnered little coverage in mainstream media. While issues like amnesty for drug offenders and prison overcrowding are prominent in the political conversation, many attempts to reform the criminal justice system have received little public attention.
In this week’s front, Victorio Cabrera, TC ’18, sheds light on one such initiative. He follows the preparations of Yale students to start the Connecticut Bail Fund, an organization that will post bail for low-level defendants at the New Haven Correctional Facility and York/Niantic prison, where female defendants wait in pretrial detention. Responding to a broken system in which over half of all those in pretrial detention have been there for over 52 days, the Fund seeks to combat the systemic racial and class-based biases at the root of the problem.
The discussion of race and class continues with Travis DeShong’s, BR ’19, review of how Birth of a Nation depicts a slave revolt. Charlie Bardey, SM ’17, shares a story of how not to go to prison for underage drinking in Culture’s spread about breaking into places. Plus: Yale students hit the roads around New Haven, why the film major needs reconsideration, and Architecture of Rain.
With fall break coming up, what better way to decompress than sitting down with the Herald? Enjoy yourself. You deserve it.