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…
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 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.
May 2, 2016

Prison Education Guide–Superb Coverage

Prison Education Guide provides essential, detailed information about the educational courses offered to inmates. It is also a guide to re-entry success. Christopher Zoukis, federal prisoner, is an excellent researcher and writer. All prison libraries need a copy.
May 1, 2016

We Are, Indeed, All Doing Time

Bo Lozoff applies the techniques of Buddhist thought to all of us, and especially those incarcerated. 1.Simple living; 2.Personal spiritual practice; 3.Commitment to service. Useful, practical, great read.
February 16, 2016

Women Released from Prison Stumble into Outside Prisons

Elaine Barltett, mother of 4, made an economic decision to move drugs from NYC to ALbany. She was set up and spent 16 years in prison before an unusual exoneration. Her prison story is compelling; her life-after-prison is sad, realistic, hopeless, and yet hopeful.
December 19, 2014

CA: Inmate dies despite repeated medical requests

California prisons kill 3 more.
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