Tag Archives: Prison

2016: The year of voting rights, public defenders, sentencing reform, and Albert Woodfox

 The Epicenter of Race, Voting, and Mass Incarceration New Orleans has always been a national news story. Northern parts of America probably understood the Free People of Color, prior to the Civil War, as much as they could understand contemporary … Continue reading

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Writer seeking agent / publisher wanting manuscript on crime, punishment, and love.

Some of you have read my posts on the criminal justice system for years, while others may be just discovering my work.  Hopefully you have found my commentary insightful, perhaps useful, and whether you agree with my conclusions or not: … 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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Formerly Incarcerated Dog Part of World Series Honor (Seriously)

Today I got a call from a friend in prison, asking if I saw his old cellmate in Fenway Park during the 7th Inning Stretch.  You might have missed it, during the World Series tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing … Continue reading

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The Myth of Prison Slave Labor Camps in the U.S.

  A Displaced and Discarded Labor Force, originally appearing in Counterpunch, by JAMES KILGORE   As Adam Gopkin reminds us, “mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as … Continue reading

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Still Marching: 50 Years Later

I like to believe that more Americans believe in the concept of equal justice today than in 1963.  The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington will evoke different thoughts from different people, some with nostalgia, others with disdain.  My … Continue reading

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Written and Set in Prison: “House of Death”

By the time I got to Minimum Security I had over a decade in prison and written screenplays, a novel, self-help guide, poetry, raps, short stories…  I was only missing a play.  Eventually all the ingredients came together and I … 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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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

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Testify: US Commission on Civil Rights Tackles Employment Discrimination

The federal government is not done developing the law around discrimination against people with criminal records, particularly as the Disparate Impact on people of Color has been rampant.  They are accepting testimony until January 21st.  Our friends at National Employment … Continue reading

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