Right down the highway from us, FCI Bastrop has a disturbing book policy: people buried alive in solitary confinement there are allowed only ONE book, one religious tract, and 1″ of legal materials. Period. The policy is barbaric. People are already locked down 23 hours a day. They see no one. They have no ability […]
Uncovered by the Human Rights Defense Center, unpublished lists from Kansas and Illinois reveal books prison officials deem “dangerous” or “illicit.” My graphic novel teaching inmates to reflect before writing grievances is on their lists. They are grand lists, I must say! Two hundred, four hundred! The security of those prisons must be indeed fragile […]
Arizona prison officials have taken the “banned books” policy an additional step: they have banned a book by a former federal prosecutor, citing of course “security.” Paul Butler, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men. This decision is border-line nuts. I assume they read only the title, because the contents warn over and over against any violence or […]
We have to assume someone in the mindless Alabama legislature thought ahead to this consequence: arresting women who need abortions will not stop the unwanted birth, but will instead fill local jails with expectant and reluctant mothers. Imagine! Doctors? Nurses? Sterile conditions? Child services? What a draconian mess! I assume the sperm donor-fathers will have […]
Private companies make $31 billion annually off prisons. There’s a better use of your money.
How many college professors are willing to spend time and resources inside a prison? (no many) How many college professors admit their father was in prison most of their lives (ho!) Well, here is the exception, and I hope you buy the book–all proceed will support inmate education. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/02/14/author-discusses-new-book-about-teaching-literacy-prison#.WoWRwmBaZSc.link
I receive hundreds of letters from men and women who want to ask about grievances, or want to discuss literature. Every once in a while, I also receive a card. These two represent the gamut of possibilities, I think. The hand-colored bunny was from an illiterate inmate who colored the picture but had a friend write […]
With all the news about closing prisons and abuses within the prison system, we need to look at the problems Inside from as many angles as possible. One that surprised me was a memoir written by journalist Ted Conover, who worked as a guard at Sing Sing until he just couldn’t. Correctional officers get only […]