April 29, 2020

We Were Conditioned to Cruelty – Rapunsel

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
June 21, 2018

Taxpayers’ annual $80 BILLION for prisons enriches private companies

Private companies make $31 billion annually off prisons. There's a better use of your money.
October 14, 2016

Dept. of Justice to Investigate Alabama Prisons

DOJ to investigate unconstitutional conditions in Alabama prison system.
September 20, 2016

@MotherCalifornia traces despair into human hope

Kenneth E. Hartman was a street punk when he murdered Mr. Fellowes, and received Life Without Parole.  His 2009 memoir, Mother California, leads readers from his […]
July 23, 2016

Texas Heat Frying Inmates

Scot Medlock of Edwards Law firm, Austin, has good news: t he 5th circuit will once again take up the inhumane treatment of Texas inmates.
June 3, 2016

Inmates Measure Time’s Passing

A frequent correspondent can see the world through only a small, dirty window pain, criss-crossed with wires.  But here’s what he wrote this week: “The pecan […]
May 31, 2016

False Testimony in Child Abuse Cases

It can be a nightmare:  of course authorities have to take a molestation charge seriously;  child abuse cases get even more attention.  But what happens in […]
May 30, 2016

In-Prison Book Club Inspires

Ann Walmsely spent years leading in-prison books clubs in Canada. She is a compassionate writer and well-read teacher who inspired inmates to read, to think, and to write journals about the literature they read. The Prison Book Club is set in Ontario, in and around a series of men’s prisons. Walmsely kept track of the books, the conversations, and the resulting journals, all while interspersing her own story and reactions.
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