Silas Robinson leads a Restorative Justice Circle at Solano Prison

Restorative Justice: The World I Want

In these days of increasing racial injustice and fear of “the other,” we are losing sight of what we might call civilized society. We’re witnessing the blatant denial of civil rights for black and brown Americans. And increasingly, many of us are feeling as if we can’t trust each...
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Books Behind Bars

For certain classes faculty member Annabel Davis-Goff teaches, she drives 50 miles from campus, arrives an hour early, goes through a metal detector, submits her belongings for inspection, and is escorted to her classroom. These are the classes she teaches at Great Meadow...
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Hope for Restoration: Radical Hospitality and Prison Reform

The public will be able to do something that the event’s organizers cannot: attend. The conference was conceived and organized by inmates from the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, who will have a chance to watch recordings of the proceedings later. The...

Funding for communities, not prisons: the promise of justice reinvestment

Bourke, New South Wales, Australia: It is a time of year when we talk about failure. Each year the Closing the Gap report is a salient reminder we are not doing enough in key areas of Indigenous health, education and employment. And one thing we know: if the federal government...

Mindfulness training helpful in the recovery of adults addicted to stimulants

Meditation and other mindfulness strategies may reduce the likelihood of relapse for certain people struggling to break their addiction to stimulants including cocaine and methamphetamine, a UCLA study suggests. Results of the small clinical trial, published online this week in...

Integrating Mindfulness Into Social Justice Education and Anti-Oppression Work

Courses that deal with oppression and diversity can greatly benefit from contemplative practices because they can help us unlearn the conditioned responses that uphold systems of oppression. Diversity classes are not just objective studies of content. They also teach...

Washington Post article on Bard Prison Initiative

A debate team of three inmates with violent criminal records defeated a team of three Harvard University undergraduates. Why should this not surprise you?? Click here to read the full article.

Alex’s poem

Poetry was never one of my strong points in life. To this day, it still isn’t. However, writing what I feel, and how things and situations affect me and others are. When I hear the words “Path of Freedom,” I think of a way out of slavery/bondage, an escape route, a way out of...

A Prisoner Reflects on the Path of Freedom

Path of Freedom, another way, is a tool that is used to help you escape the madness through meditation and through mindful thinking patterns. It is a guide to help you cope with others and yourself, to let go of the issues and chaos around you. The world around us doesn’t need to...

Audio Letters for Loved Ones in Prison

Later this month, Latino USA revisits the topic of prison life for an upcoming show, and they are asking for your help. Do you know someone who is incarcerated? Do you write to that person? If so, prepare a voice memo of an audio letter than you would write to your loved one, and...
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