I’m on Probation and It’s Like Another Form of Incarceration

I’m on Probation and It’s Like Another Form of Incarceration

In this op-ed, Topeka K. Sam explains how probation feels like another form of incarceration. It was originally published by Open Society Foundations. I was released from prison two years and two months ago. Since then, I have been working to improve the lives of formerly incarcerated women and men. I’ve received fellowships from Beyond the […]

These Formerly Incarcerated Women Are Trying to Change the Prison System

These Formerly Incarcerated Women Are Trying to Change the Prison System

An organization has created 13 ways to radically change prisons. ARACELI CRUZ  OCT 11, 2017 11:41AM EDT On July 14, a group of formerly incarcerated cis and trans women — people who’ve grown up in poverty and have experienced marginalization via government-funded social services such as foster care, welfare, and public education — met in Oakland, California, to […]

Running from the prison cell to public office

Running from the prison cell to public office

April 24, 2018 By Rahsaan Thomas ‘Should we bear the burden of our past when our present has been involved in fixing the future?’ Lewis Conway Jr., a formerly incarcerated man, is challenging disenfranchisement by running for public office in Austin, Texas. “We want people with arrests and convictions to engage in the democratic process,” Bill Cobb, […]

Transforming former inmates

Transforming former inmates

From the prison to the streets, the transformation of a man. That’s the subject of “A Man Like Me” – a play created by four former prisoners taking advantage of “The Dads Back!” Academy. The academy is a reentry organization, run by Friends Outside Los Angeles County (FOLA), using theater to reintegrate parolees and formerly incarcerated men […]

California Advances Biggest US Change to Police Use of Force

California Advances Biggest US Change to Police Use of Force

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after an emotionally charged debate over deadly shootings that have roiled the country. It’s time to change a “reasonable force” standard that hasn’t been updated in California […]

‘Big house’ to house building: Former felons make good on the job

‘Big house’ to house building: Former felons make good on the job

Martin Daks July 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM Low unemployment and the shifting job preferences of millennials can make it tough for companies to find skilled workers, causing some to turn to an oft underutilized resource: ex-prisoners. Advocates say skills developed on the wrong side of the law can be put to good use. That’s […]

Heads Arrest, Tails Release!

Heads Arrest, Tails Release!

Most people have probably flipped a coin to make an insignificant decision—whether to order pizza or Chinese food for dinner, perhaps—but for Georgia hairstylist Sarah Webb, a coin toss was the only reason she ended up in handcuffs. It all started on April 7, when Webb blew by Roswell police officer Courtney Brown. Upon pulling […]

I was tired of throwing kids in prison. So I built a place to help keep them out of it.

I was tired of throwing kids in prison. So I built a place to help keep them out of it.

A former judge noticed that plenty of resources went to troubled young people — but only once they committed a crime. By John Phillips August 7, 2015 John Phillips, a former Monterey County prosecutor and superior court judge, is founder of Rancho Cielo and a newly elected county supervisor. I recently sat in an amphitheater in Salinas […]

Kansas Prisons Have Some Expectant Mothers Behind Bars

Kansas Prisons Have Some Expectant Mothers Behind Bars

The Kansas Department of Corrections saw 46 babies delivered by women in its custody in the past four years. By Associated Press, Wire Service Content June 8, 2018, at 1:05 a.m. BY MICHAEL STAVOLA, THE Hutchinson News HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Alexa Baugh eagerly waits for the day she can hold her son outside of a Kansas prison. The 25-year-old […]

San Quentin parolee helps troubled teens through the creative outlet of music

San Quentin parolee helps troubled teens through the creative outlet of music

By Achilles Williams, June 17, 2018 By the time John Wallace was released from San Quentin, he had written 75 songs. John Wallace, 39, who discharged in 2003, founded a project called STOP (Surviving the Odds Project) to help deter at-risk youth from falling into the school-to-prison-pipeline. Fifteen years after his release, he’s showing kids […]

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