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Video: The Facility

Detained inside an infamous American detention center as the pandemic spreads, a group of immigrants organize in protest to demand protection and release from confinement.

August 13, 2022 · 3 Comments

Edward Harkness: My Father’s Uncles Doing Time

Their sorry, sorry asses. Bad year, 1929.
Neither one is yet 30 in the grim prison photos
I received from the state archives.

July 21, 2022 · 8 Comments

Abby Zimet: Freedom Reads. Books Are a Lifeline To a Still-Flawed World

On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X – former inmate, fierce civil rights warrior, “one of the greatest leaders this country has ever seen” and for what he proudly deemed Afro-Americans “our own … Continue reading

February 24, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Day Release (Freigang)

In this internationally acclaimed film, single mother Kathi receives day release from prison and finds her three-year-old son, who is living with her unstable mother, in bad circumstances. She is forced to find a way to enable a better future for him, while time is against her, she has to be back in prison at six pm.

January 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Peter Makuck: Day on the River

It was during Christmas vacation that I first met Mr. Talbot.  His son, Jean-Luc, was my good friend and classmate at a small Franciscan college in a French-Canadian enclave in … Continue reading

December 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Tower

This animated documentary from director Nádia Mangolini mines the memories the four Gomes da Silva siblings whose father went missing and whose mother was imprisoned in a tower during a period oppressive dictatorship in Brazil.

July 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: My Brother’s Keeper

A former Guantánamo Bay prisoner and his guard reunite as equals 13 years later.

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Huntsville Station

Every weekday, dozens of inmates are released on parole from Huntsville State Penitentiary, the largest prison release center in Texas. With a bus ticket voucher and $100 release check, most of them spend their first minutes out of prison on phone calls, cigarettes, and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block.

February 21, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: The Prisoner’s Song

Now if I had wings like an an-gel
O-ver these pri-son walls I would fly
And I’d fly to the arms of my poor dar-lin’
And there I’d be wil-ling to die

February 20, 2021 · 1 Comment

Ray Levy Uyeda: How Organizers Are Fighting an American Legacy of Forced Sterilization

The U.S. has a history of sterilizing women without their knowledge or permission, but states are working to make up for past mistakes.

February 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sharon Doubiago: Free Him

“My real name or Dakota name is Tate Wicuwa, Wind That Chases the Sun.”  — Leonard Peltier   You bring into his cell Crazy Horse’s white Appaloosa. He lowers his … Continue reading

July 5, 2016 · 3 Comments

Chris Hedges: A Pipeline Straight to Jail

The defeat of the Harvard University debate team by a team from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in the Catskills elucidates a truth known intimately by those of us … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: Chris Hedges on Teaching in Prison and What It Means to Resist

In this clip from his June 7 talk in Los Angeles, Truthdig columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges tells the very personal story of how teaching a class in … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: I Am My Brother’s Keeper

[ed. note: This is the preface to The Visit by Sharon Doubiago, published by Wild Ocean Press] Jack Retasket is a Native American/Canadian Shuswap-Lillooet (Statlmx) survivor of Kamloops Indian Residential … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 4 Comments

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