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10 November 2017
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Inmates letters and cards can make your heart sing

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 […]


5 November 2017
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New Jack: Guarding Sing Sing

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 […]


5 November 2017
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Hole in my Life, great “novel” “memoir” by Jack Gantos

Hole in my Life, by Jack Gantos (Square Fish 2002) Every reader will love Jack Gantos’ true story of totally messing up his young life (and turning it around). His father wasted lots of energy and good advice on him:  “These folks [bad neighbors] zigged when the rest of the world zagged.  And once you […]


5 November 2017
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Find! Read! Journal of Prisoners on Prisons

Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, vol.25, Nu 1 (2016) I have arrived late to the smorgasbord of the Canadian compilation of essays written by and about prison, conditions, rehabilitation. But I’m delighted to be at the table.  I’m reviewing this one issue in the hopes that many of you will reach out and get a […]


5 November 2017
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Stephen Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights, takes graphic novel to interns, inmates

Prof. Stephen Bright, a hero for the disenfranchised in the courts, visited Austin recently and spoke to interested groups, including the U.T Law School clinics and faculty. I am so happy to report that he plans to take this graphic novel back with him to both the Southern Center for Human Rights, where he was […]


26 October 2017
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Puerto Rica inmates

Shouldn’t we all be wondering about the fate on men and women locked behind bars inside cement walls in Puerto Rica?  I have not seen one news story that mentions them. There is a power outage.  How do officials open the cell doors?  How does the kitchen prepare food?  Worse thought!  How do the toilets […]


2 July 2017
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Prison Issues Subsumed under Unfortunate Congress, AG

There was a brief moment in 2016 when the stars and planets aligned so that members of Congress reached across the aisle to begin restructuring our broken criminal ‘justice’ system.  Now that the same party controls the White House and both chambers of Congress, that moment is gone. But not just gone.  With AG Sessions, […]


14 April 2017
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Terri LeClercq to speak at international Human Rights/Prison Advocacy Conference

Terri LeClercq will speak at the 7th international conference addressing Human Rights and Prison Reform. She will offer alternative but effective means of educating inmates about their prison rights.


12 April 2017
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Even Out of Prison, Inmates Can’t Find Healthcare

Episcopal Health reveals major health problems with Congress proposals, and they will decimate rural health.


14 October 2016
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Dept. of Justice to Investigate Alabama Prisons

DOJ to investigate unconstitutional conditions in Alabama prison system.

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