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SPOTLIGHT: Riley Institute at Furman University

SPOTLIGHT: Riley Institute at Furman University

This week’s spotlighted underwriter is The Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership, a multi-faceted, non-partisan institute affiliated with the Department of Political Science at Furman University.

by · 10/06/2017 · Underwriters
Razor wire curls all over the Colleton County Detention Center.

BRACK: Time to get smart on crime

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Crime and punishment. There’s a whole book written about it. But there’s also been a series of important discussions about the topic over the summer held by the Riley Institute at Furman University that’s been mostly ignored by the media.

That’s too bad, particularly in our state where more than 21,000 people are in prison — six times more than 40 years ago. Of the number of people incarcerated in state prisons, 64 percent are black — more than double the percentage of African Americans who live in the Palmetto State.

But it’s not just a South Carolina problem, says historian Heather Thompson of the University of Michigan. It’s a national problem that she characterizes as the “civil rights crisis of the 21st century” because of how it impacts poverty, racial inequality and other community issues.

by · 08/14/2015 · Andy Brack, Commentary