Author Archives: Bruce Reilly

About Bruce Reilly

Anti-Prison activist and artist of many genres.

Creating a “side” in the Police v. Community violence

Oh, the discomfort created by calling the police “racist,” after yet another slaying of people such as Eric Garner, Michael Brown and John Crawford. Some articles will provide the lists and reports that evoke the pattern of young Black men … Continue reading

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Its not just what prison does to us. It’s You.

Recently reading a scholarly article regarding the negative impacts of prison conditions on people made me think about what really holds people back after we get out of prison.  The article focuses on the inhumanity and brutality of prisons, how … Continue reading

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What’s Next For Class of 2014 Transcending Prison Pasts?

What an amazing year to be part of the Class of 2014.   In Seattle, Shon Hopwood graduated from the University of Washington School of Law. In Miami, Desmond Meade graduated from Florida International University College of Law. In New York, … Continue reading

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Who Will Stand Up To Racism and The “-isms?”

Listening to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling talk to his ex-mistress about race made me think, “Hey Bill Clinton, here’s that conversation about race our nation never had.”  We hear a white Jewish billionaire attorney real estate mogul not only … Continue reading

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Bruce Reilly Testifies on the Historical Racism Leading to Felon Disenfranchisement

Bruce Reilly speaks to the National Voting Rights Commission during their national tour to speak to the constitutional history of Louisiana’s disenfranchisement of African Americans since emancipation.   His testimony is part of a forthcoming publication: “To Purify the Ballot: … Continue reading

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Oscar-nominated “Prison Terminal” exposes the other American death penalty

If there is one thing a documentary film should strive for, it is exposing people to a little-known aspect of life. This is precisely what filmmaker Edgar Barens has done with his Oscar nominated film, “Prison Terminal: The Last Days … Continue reading

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Sen. Whitehouse will need more than bipartisanship for prison reform in America

Today a group of people sat down in Providence to talk with Senator Whitehouse about his bill to create a federal parole system. The bill is hailed as a “prison reform bill,” and passed the Senate Judiciary Committee; a clear indication of … Continue reading

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When Candidates Oppose the Right to Vote

“Citizenship means standing up for everyone’s right to vote,” Obama said.  But does he, and other politicians truly mean it?  At a recent forum featuring four candidates for the New Orleans sheriff election, I asked a question regarding voting rights … Continue reading

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Are Schools Violating the American With Disabilities Act Every Time a Kid Goes to Court?

Are you looking for a new approach to dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline?  The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act bar any federal program, or institutions receiving federal grants (such as schools), from discriminating against people due … Continue reading

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Confession of a Drug Dealer

There is a whole lotta shaking going on in Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay these days. And it’s all about weed. Even a conservative columnist had to chime in about the big bad scary weed, as if he can revive the … Continue reading

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