CounterPunch Review of The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/30/prison-classrooms-reflect-white-supremacy/ AUGUST 30, 2019 Prison Classrooms Reflect White Supremacy by W. T. WHITNEY One story is that of a young man in the midst of bizarre, even outrageous interactions with a group of boys. He is inexperienced, but perseveres, learns, and overcomes what looks like a dead-end situation. The other story is about these imprisoned teenagers … Continue reading CounterPunch Review of The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2019.html By Wendy Sawyer and Peter Wagner March 19, 2019 Can it really be true that most people in jail are being held before trial? And how much of mass incarceration is a result of the war on drugs? These questions are harder to answer than you might think, because our country’s systems of confinement are so fragmented. The … Continue reading Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019

How the War on Drugs Kept Black Men out of College

TAMARA GILKES BORR - MAY 15, 2019 - From The Atlantic The War on Drugs locked up thousands of black men, and a new study finds that it may have also locked many out of the college classroom—and all the benefits that come with a college degree. There was a time when black men’s college enrollment was … Continue reading How the War on Drugs Kept Black Men out of College

A conversation with author Jason Trask (with David Daniel)

Back in December as part of our Literary Lowell series, we profiled local author David Daniel, author of the Alex Rasmussen detective series and a number of other books. Now it’s David’s turn to contribute a new author profile to the blog. He recently caught up with Jason Trask who now lives in Maine but who spent … Continue reading A conversation with author Jason Trask (with David Daniel)

From The Atlantic: The War on Drugs Made It Harder for Black Men to Attend College

TAMARA GILKES BORR - MAY 15, 2019 The War on Drugs locked up thousands of black men, and a new study finds that it may have also locked many out of the college classroom—and all the benefits that come with a college degree. There was a time when black men’s college enrollment was gaining ground, as compared … Continue reading From The Atlantic: The War on Drugs Made It Harder for Black Men to Attend College

‘The Peculiar Patriot’ takes an unflinching look at mass incarceration

https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/2019/03/27/peculiar-patriot-takes-an-unflinching-look-mass-incarceration/?utm_term=.0c29758e86fd Liza Jessie Peterson dissects the prison-industrial complex in her one-woman show, "The Peculiar Patriot." (Christine Jean Chambers/Christine Jean Chambers) By Thomas Floyd March 27 Liza Jessie Peterson had just started teaching poetry workshops at Rikers Island in 1998 when a correctional officer asked if she knew where she was. “I said, ‘Yes, I’m at Rikers … Continue reading ‘The Peculiar Patriot’ takes an unflinching look at mass incarceration

EXCLUSIVE: Could This Program Stem Surging Violence at Rikers Island?

https://observer.com/2015/07/inside-the-new-classes-aimed-at-reducing-violence-at-rikers-island/ The Observer takes an exclusive first look inside the Next Steps program, new classes offered to adult inmates at scandal-scarred Rikers Island By Jillian Jorgensen • 07/30/15 2:12pm Frank Horton, an instructor with STRIVE International, teaches a class in the George Motchan Detention Center on Rikers Island. (Photo: Emily Assiran for Observer) Inside a small classroom, Frank … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Could This Program Stem Surging Violence at Rikers Island?