Archive | June, 2018

Free at Last | Lessons learned behind bars

“Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.” – Angela Y. Davis “I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates […]

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Getting out and staying out | An interview with Kelly Orians

Kelly Orians is a staff attorney at The First 72 Plus, a New Orleans nonprofit founded by six formerly incarcerated people to help other formerly incarcerated men and women navigate the first 72 hours of their release. She is also the co-founder of Rising Foundations, a partner nonprofit that provides pathways to self-sufficiency for formerly incarcerated people, with an aim to stop the cycle of incarceration in low-income communities through small business development […]

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Alan Walowitz | The lovely poem

For Edgar Diaz Your secret self stays caged in a world you claim you never made. No windows watch you; no doors turn for you. Here there’s neither help nor need. The only sound you hear is your own breathing, and the rattle of another lonely cup against distant bars. When the warden finally comes, he tosses you a crumb you proudly disdain in that way you’ve become the master […]

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