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Dropping the “F-Bomb” on Politicians: The Problem of Felon Disenfranchisement

The Washington Post recently brought up the important annual awareness of roughly 6 million people denied voting rights due to a felony conviction. Unfortunately, they are mistaken to sum up the problem as a “disproportionate effect on blacks.” Indeed any … Continue reading

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Years After Leaving Prison, I Never Expected A Bike Ride Would Take Me Back

Four years ago, a few activists had a great idea: A 170 mile bike ride fundraiser that brings attention to the distance families travel, from New Orleans to the Louisiana State Penitentiary. “NOLA to Angola” has since raised tens of … 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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Unprison 2011-2013 Index

Below you will find an index of the articles written over the past several years for Unprison.  Readers are encouraged, as issues arise in your area, to utilize the research, analysis, and opinions presented below.  Some of these have appeared elsewhere, … Continue reading

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Putting Prison-Based Gerrymandering On The Map… And How We Take It Off.

How did a man with a PowerPoint presentation turn into a piece of legislation I pushed on my legislators and allies?  With his passion for social justice and intelligence to develop a core issue about democracy.  I’m honoring that dedication … Continue reading

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California Prisoners on Lockdown in Mississippi

Another reminder that the holiday season is not a global love-fest: this report from All of Us or None: “I was contacted by a number of family members whose loved ones are incarcerated in Tutwiler, Mississippi.  They informed me that … Continue reading

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Forcing Drugs Into Your Children- The Final Straw?

This is what it comes down to: DCYF calling the police to seize children and force them to take anti-psychotics.  Read your “1984” and “Brave New World” my friends, and know where to draw the line in the sand. This … Continue reading

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From Narragansett Bay to Pelican Bay, People Stand in Solidarity for Human Rights

On July 1st, 2011, prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) in Pelican Bay State Prison, CA went on indefinite hunger strike to protest conditions that have been characterized by the UN as “inhumane and degrading.”  Over nearly three weeks … Continue reading

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HUD Director to state directors: Allow People with convictions to live in Public housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Director Shaun Donovan sent a letter last week to executive directors of public housing authorities (PHAs) clarifying HUD’s position regarding people with criminal record’s eligibility for public housing. Donovan encourages PHA executive … Continue reading

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Probation Violations- The Shadow Justice System and Need For Reform

With three times as many Americans on probation or parole, rather than in prison, it should be understood that this is the the most important place to focus one’s efforts when looking at sentencing guidelines and the costs of prisons. … Continue reading

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