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Cultural and Global Issues: The Prison System

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Articles with Reading Levels: 10.0-10.9

Article Name: Former Chaplain Describes Conditions Inside TN Prison 
Source: WSMV-TV Nashville 
Author: Demetria Kalodimos
Date Published: Last Updated: June 20, 2017
Guiding Question: What are some of the poor conditions in Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility?
Grade level: 9.6

Article Name: Barack Obama: We Have Too Many People in Solitary Confinement
Source: Washinton Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela Staff Version 950)
Author: Barack Obama 
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Guiding Question: What are some of the problems with the use of solitary confinement in the prison system?
Grade level: 9.4

Article Name: Here's One Excellent Reason to Cut Prison Populations
Source: Huffington Post 
Author: Nick Wing 
Date Published: January 18, 2018
Guiding Question: How have drops in prison populations impacted the crime rate in the United States?
Grade level: 10.4

Article Name: America’s Horrifying Mass-Incarceration System, In 1 Chart
Source: Huffington Post 
Author: Nick Wing 
Date Published: December 09, 2015
Guiding Question: Why is eliminating serving time for nonviolent drug offensess not enough to fix prison overcrowding?
Grade level: 10.8

Article Name: Obama, Congress Push to Help Ex-prison Inmates Find Employment
Source: Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela Staff Version 1050)
Author: Joe Davidson
Date Published: November 17, 2015
Guiding Question: How is Obama pushing for more opportunities for ex-inmates to find work?
Grade level: 10.7

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Article Name: Former Philly Cop Finds New Calling: Working to Keep Students Out of Prison
Source: Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela Staff Version 880)
Author: Molly McCluskey
Date Published: April 4, 2017
Guiding Question: How has a Philadelphia police officer kept students out of prison?
Grade level: 8.0

Article Name: Many Prisoners Are Unhappy With the Way They are Treated in Jail
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela Staff Version 560)
Author: Jaweed Kaleem
Date Published: November 4, 2016
Guiding Question: Why are prisoners unhappy with their treatment?
Grade level: 6.7

Article Name: Why Prison Building Will Continue Booming In Rural America 
Source: The Conversation 
Author: John M. Eason 
Date Published: March 12, 2017
Guiding Question: Why do rural communities want prisons built in their towns?
Grade level: 11.2

Article Name: Six Charts that Explain Why Our Prison System is so Insane 
Source: The American Prospect 
Author: Paul Waldman 
Date Published: August 15, 2013
Guiding Question: How does the incareration rate in America compare to other country's?
Grade level: 11.1

Article Name: Bevin Promotes Bill to Smooth Felons' Return to Society 
Source: Lexington Herald Leader 
Author: John Cheves 
Date Published: February 14, 2017
Guiding Question: What are some of the ways Kentucky is trying to help its prisoners?
Grade level: 11.9

Article Name: How to Help Kids Cope with A Parent's Incarceration
Source: The Edvocate
Author: Matthew Lynch 
Date Published: November 12, 2017
Guiding Question: What is the impact of incarceration on children?
Grade level: 12.1