August 26, 2016

Terri LeClercq and Prison Grievances novel make Wikipedia!

Wikipedia explains Prison Litigation Reform Act with reference to graphic novel, Prison Grievances: when to write, how to write. Terri LeClercq thrilled and amused.
August 3, 2016

University of Texas study reveals 7000 incarcerated peoples’ deaths in 15 years

This just has to stop…. how can 7000 citizens die inside our jails and prisons in 15 years?  Think how many people that is — a […]
June 29, 2016

Florida legislator discovers food illegally held

Florida legislator discovers food illegally withheld as punishment. State Rep. David Richardson, a Democrat from Miami Beach, exposed the practice and the guard has been temporarily moved.
June 2, 2016

“The Lost Level,” reviewed by Rosendo Rodriguez

The Lost Level, Brian Keene (Apex Book Company) Reviewed by inmate Rosendo Rodriguez, Texas Dept. Corrections When I was a little boy, I often accompanied my […]
May 27, 2016

Hope? Hard Time Offers Some

Hard Time: Understanding and Reforming the Prison.  Robert Johnson (Wadsworth, 3rd ed, 2002) Robert Johnson, American University Justice, Law and Criminology professor, gives a hard look […]
May 10, 2016

Elder Inmates Cost! See Infographic

Between 2007-2010, the number of state and federal prisoners 65 years and older grew by a staggering 94 times that of the overlap prison population (which […]
May 4, 2016

The Human Life of a Texas Warden

Warden:  Prison life and death from the inside out, by Jim Willett and Ron Rozelle. (Bright Sky Press, 2004) Ron Rozelle decided to write the life […]
April 9, 2016

Behind Bars: Surviving Prison

Behind Bars: Surviving Prison by Jeffrey Ian Ross and Stephan C. Richards (Alpha, Penguin Group, 2002) Behind Bars takes readers from the arrest, to jail, to […]
April 7, 2016

Prisoner Strike! Slave Labor Revealed

Probably you thought the days of inmates working in cotton fields, with an overseer on horseback, were all gone. Wrong. And it gets worse. The Constitution’s 13th Amendment bans slavery and involuntary servitude, “except as a punishment for crime” -- meaning that the U.S. has approximately 2.3 million disenfranchised slaves in what is today a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Should prisons require inmates to work? Should work be optional? Should prisons pay inmates for that work? How much? If that work competes with local businesses who cannot sell/manufacture to compete with the low costs of inmate goods, should the prison stop that work? On September 6, prisons across the country plan a work stoppage to draw attention to these questions. This week, Texas inmates are already involved in a planned work stoppage--so TDC is locking the inmates in their cells. TDC insists these lock-ins are normal, scheduled, and not punitive. I sure hope that's correct. Mostly I fear for the inmates' safety. Prisons are never thrilled to have a protest, even a sit-down work stoppage. They realize that movements created publicity, and publicity opens the light into the secret world inside prisons. How many lives will be lost this time? How many will be injured? And what will we, as citizens, do to man-up to their exposed misery? I hope we stand a ring the bells, scream in the legislative hallways, write letters and email s to prison officials, march outside the prison walls. Are you as ready as they are to make a sacrifice of an hour, a trip, a phone call?
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