April 29, 2020

We Were Conditioned to Cruelty – Sleeping Beauty

How can we continue to allow overcrowded jail and prison cells? How did we allow the criminal justice system to increase prison terms so long that “once in, never out”? Perhaps our culture embraced it and taught us from an early age, taught us through children’s stories and poems and songs…
April 27, 2020

We Were Conditioned to Cruelty – Three Blind Mice

How can we continue to allow overcrowded jail and prison cells? How did we allow the criminal justice system to increase prison terms so long that “once in, never out”? Perhaps our culture embraced it and taught us from an early age, taught us through children’s stories and poems and songs…
April 13, 2020

Judge grants temporary restraining order

In an unusual fight between the Texas governor and the Texas judiciary system, a judge has ordered a temporary stop to the draconian new policy from the governor's office thta would leave hundreds, if not thousands, of inmates at risk stuck in jails and prisons. Using scare tactics and the strong arm of law enforcement plus
April 10, 2020

D.C. jail inmates write, design their own monthly newspaper

Allen, 37, is among about a dozen D.C. jail inmates who are writers, columnists or photographers for a monthly newspaper called Inside Scoop. Jail officials launched it a year ago as part of the facility’s education program. The jail is one of a handful of correctional facilities across the country to publish a news publication written by inmates.
April 10, 2020

Terri LeClercq on Koop Radio

April 9, 2020

We’re in IT Together, Including Germs

If the public has missed the gruesome facts that jails and prisons are germ hotbeds, and people are dying, then they must not be reading/listening to […]
September 26, 2019

I Stole a Baby Doll When I Was 3 and Had to Return it. That’s All.

My grandmother walked me into the dark, cool Five & Dime in Pendleton, Indiana, and let me roam while she bought some embroidery thread.  The man […]
June 19, 2019

Imagine Solitary Confinement and ONE Book?

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 […]
June 18, 2019

Banned Again! Prisons Censor Educational Books

Uncovered by the Human Rights Defense Center, unpublished lists from Kansas and Illinois reveal books prison officials deem “dangerous” or “illicit.”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 […]
May 22, 2019

Banned Books = Banned Knowledge

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.” […]
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