Prison Reform

The prison population in the United States is larger than any other country. The growth of our prison system is unmatched.

Murder Is a Serious Crime But …

Restorative Justice

Rosemary Jenkins: Part of Restorative Justice is the genuine effort by the offender to make amends for the crimes perpetrated without asking for forgiveness (which is so gratuitous).

Turning a New Leaf in Prison

Life Sentences for Juveniles

Johnny Martinez: I found the father figure and brotherhood I was seeking in a group of street thugs. Eventually, I joined a gang and began using drugs. The first drug I used was marijuana, followed later by heavier drugs such as cocaine and PCP.

Possibility of Escape

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Kathy Kelly: Constructing prisons and filling prisons with people who posed little or no threat to our security didn’t happen secretively, without our consent. We watched, mesmerized perhaps, and allowed ourselves to become a country with the world’s largest prison system.

Seeing the Light Behind Bars

Life Behind Bars

Raymond Martinez: Once I joined the gang, the homies became my family. The acceptance I received from them and the bonds we formed made me willing to do just about anything for them.

A Future in Prison

Kathy Kelly Reports to Prison

Kathy Kelly: The Bureau of Prisons contacted me today, assigning me a prison number and a new address: for the next 90 days, beginning tomorrow, I’ll live at FMC Lexington, in the satellite prison camp for women, adjacent to Lexington’s federal medical center for men.