Category Archives: Prison Conditions

New Scholarship Program to Reverse School-to-Prison Pipeline

Originally appearing on TTEF’s blog. “As founders of a new and unique endeavor, we welcome you to the Transcending Through Education Foundation (TTEF). We have come together to create TTEF to help reverse the school-to-prison pipeline and establish the prison-to-school pipeline, We will provide … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Prison Conditions, Rehabilitation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Jean Valjean is a Friend of Mine

Most reviews of Les Miserables discuss the singing, editing, and acting, disregarding the original text of Victor Hugo.  I write the simple reflections of a former prisoner who read this ex-con tale while sitting in a cell, with only a feint hope … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Politics, Prison Conditions, Race, Rehabilitation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Hunger Strikes, Solitary Confinement, and the United Nations Day In Support of Victims

Today marks the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.  It also marks the 12th day of a hunger strike in Georgia prisons to protest the beatings, retaliation, and torture that came as a reaction to the … Continue reading

Posted in Actions, Commentary, Prison Conditions | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dead Under the “Custody and Care” of…

There are many ways to die in the “custody and care” of the criminal justice system.  We see it seemingly every day in America.  Whether it is an NYPD shooting or an Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) shanking, clearly the government … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Prison Conditions, Prisoner Health | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners: Feb. 20th

A proposal passed yesterday by the General Assembly of Occupy Oakland is to generate a national day of action that will call attention to prisons across America.  While presidential candidates take to their stumps, one might be unaware that America … Continue reading

Posted in Actions, Political Prisoners, Prison Conditions | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Out of L.A.- FICPM Will Register 1 Million Voters Opposed to Mass Incarceration

When a young woman from Arizona asked how she could get her voting rights restored, she heard a blunt reply:  “We don’t need you to get your rights restored.  We need you to get together with other folks and work … Continue reading

Posted in Actions, Drug Policy, Prison Conditions, prison economics, Voting Rights | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Troy, Hunger Strikes, and Law School: The Movement for Self Empowerment

These are busy times in the era of mass incarceration.  The execution of Troy Davis sparked the largest public opposition to the death penalty in American history.  Vigils and protests arose throughout the nation, horrified that someone can be put … Continue reading

Posted in Innocence, Prison Conditions, Rehabilitation | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment