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Life Without Parole: When You Know You’ll Spend Your Whole Life in Prison

Even prisoner advocacy groups focus mainly on the conditions of confinement, without necessarily questioning sentences that drive prisoners to despair. By Liliana Segura Shawangunk Correctional Facility sits on a long swath of land in Wallkill, NY, just west of the Hudson River, and about an hour and 45 minutes north of New York City. Opened […]

Professors: Prison fails mentally ill women

By Chris Foreman TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, March 13, 2011 Rosemary Gido calls state prisons asylums for the invisible, particularly women. A criminology professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Gido said an estimated 42 percent of women in U.S. jails and prisons are mentally ill, compared with 24 percent of men. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Corrections reports […]

Throwing Away the Key: Michelle Alexander On How Prisons Have Become the New Jim Crow

By Arnie Cooper In 1998 Michelle Alexander had just been hired by the northern-California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (aclu) to head its Racial Justice Project. She was running to catch the bus to her new office when she glimpsed a bright orange poster proclaiming, “The Drug War Is The New Jim Crow.” […]

Group of formerly incarcerated people visit area, discuss prison reform

They have turned around their own lives, and now they want to turn around the di rection of the U.S. prison system. That is part of the message being presented by a group of formerly incarcerated people from across the country that employs the slogan “serving our country after serving our time.” Dubbed the Formerly […]

Donate to Help Make this a Kinder Gentler World!

    Our Story My vast experience leading Healing Circles for a variety of populations around the country through the decades has given me the opportunity to see the power of bringing people together for soothing and nurturing their spirits. The enthusiastic response by thousands of people, especially in prison, all hungry for simple acts […]


Wed. March 2, 8:30 pm eastern Teleseminar with Judith Trustone, “Spirituality, Kindness and Prisons” Live call: 712-42-0075 access code: 329574# Recording playback up to March 23rd (2nd telesminar) 712-432-1085 access code: 329574# ************************************************************************ Saturday March 12 3:30-5:00 pm “Waiting for Daffodils: Together We Can Bloom at our Community Kindness Circle” Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park […]

Reflections from the Jetty

Grand Prize winner of the National Sagewriters Book Contest “Above the salt mist and early morning fog rise the cragged rocks of the jetty sheltering Manasquan Inlet from the interminable onslaught of wind and wave. Filtered through the imagination of my young mind, they beckon me like the echoes of Mt. Everest calling out to […]

Wisconsin’s courageous state senators deserve our thanks.

Dear Friend, Democratic state senators in Wisconsin have been forced to flee the state in order to stop Governor Walker’s radical attack on worker’s rights. Now, Gov. Walker has ordered state police to hunt them down, and force their return to Madison for a vote on his bill. The fight in Wisconsin affects all of […]

From Montgomery to Los Angeles and Beyond: Formerly Incarcerated People Building a Movement

It’s time to build a Civil and Human Rights Movement for the 21st Century. We hope you’ll join us – in Alabama, Los Angeles, and beyond. February 18, 2011 | Would you feel like a full citizen if most of your civil and human rights were denied you? If the privileges afforded to community members […]

Kucinich: Trillions for War and Now ZERO for Peace!

Sacrifice of Peace Can Finance War for 142 Minutes WASHINGTON – February 17 – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 268-163 to eliminate all funding for the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). “It is a sad day when the House votes to eliminate one of the […]

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