From The Portland Phoenix - Portland, Maine By Jordan Bailey - January 22, 2020 Brandon Brown is on track to be the first Maine State Prison inmate to earn a master's degree while serving time. (Portland Phoenix/Jordan Bailey) In 2008, 21-year-old Brandon Brown shot a man in Portland’s Old Port. He was eventually convicted of attempted murder and … Continue reading First Maine inmate to enroll in graduate school conducts groundbreaking research in prison
From apnews.com By SARA BURNETT - January 13, 2020 In this Dec. 11, 2019, photo, Quentin Blackburn poses for a photo in Milwaukee. Blackburn is a felon who didn't realize he could vote when his probation was finished. "When I became a felon, it was like something was stripped from me," he said. "I felt … Continue reading Ex-prisoners who can vote sought for Wisconsin 2020 election
From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in deep denial. From The New York Times By Michelle Alexander, Opinion Columnist - January 17, 2020 Protesters in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death in 2015. Mr. Gray suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody.Credit...Yunghi Kim/Contact Press Images Ten years have … Continue reading The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’
JANUARY 16, 2020 / JOHN PAVLOVITZ Yesterday while picking up lunch I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a few months. After exchanging surprised greetings and a fierce hug—she stopped abruptly, looked genuinely concerned and said, “Are you OK? You look tired today.” After weathering the initial sting of her honest but uninvited commentary, … Continue reading I’m Really Tired of Hatred
From The Washington Post By Ed White | AP Jan. 13, 2020 at 4:22 p.m. EST DETROIT — A judge on Monday dismissed the 1991 conviction of a man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for an attack on a Detroit woman in a car. Gerry Thomas, 62, who was helped by law schools in Michigan and New … Continue reading Detroit Man Cleared After Nearly 30 Years in Prison
President Trump and former inmate Gregory Allen participate in the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration at the White House in April. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) By Joe Davidson Columnist - The Washington Post Jan. 9, 2020 at 6:30 a.m. EST Like any 1-year-old, the First Step Act’s first steps to reform the criminal … Continue reading Federal prison reform has bipartisan support. But it’s moving slowly.
TheAppeal.org Roxanna Asgarian Nov 25, 2019 The poor healthcare that Bobbie Jean Johnson received during her more than 40 years in prison contributed to her death, family members say. In February 2018, 40 years after Bobbie Jean Johnson was sent to prison, she was set free. Bobbie Jean was 19 when she was arrested for … Continue reading LONGTIME LOUISIANA PRISONER WHO MAINTAINED HER INNOCENCE DIES LESS THAN TWO YEARS AFTER HER RELEASE
By Amy Chozick for THE NEW YORK TIMES Published Dec. 27, 2019 Omar Jhury and Joshua Molina, right, at Rikers Island manning the espresso machine.Credit...Todd Heisler/The New York Times Officer Green wanted her vanilla latte piping hot. “With vanilla on top, not a lot, just a drizzle, and very hot, don’t make it warm,” she shouted to … Continue reading The Rikers Coffee Academy: Can teaching prison inmates to make lattes give them a chance at a better future?
Mothers who are imprisoned in Texas met with their daughters in a special room.Credit...Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times December 28, 2019 By Dan Levin GATESVILLE, Texas — Every month, Lila Edwards wakes up early for a two-hour road trip with a group of girls that ends with them walking single file through a metal … Continue reading As More Mothers Fill Prisons, Children Suffer A Primal Wound
Okay, so here's the thing: many of you are feeling anxious because you are so far behind in your holiday shopping. Last year at this time you swore that this year would be different. But here it is, December 19th, and you still haven't purchased presents for a number of your friends and relatives. What … Continue reading Advertisements for Myself