bruce reillyBruce Reilly has been a member of Direct Action for Rights & Equality since the inception of its Behind the Walls prison committee in 1999. Bruce was a jailhouse lawyer for 12 years inside, became an activist once paroled in 2005, and is a steering committee member of the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement. His poetry, screenwriting, and PIC commentary has appeared in numerous places over the years, and now he attends Tulane Law School. His testimonies on legislation at the RI Statehouse should never be missed, as they are both colorful and informative.

What If We All Had a Ferguson Prosecutor?

Ferguson Miscarriage of Justice

Bruce Reilly: Every indicted person in St. Louis county should file a motion to dismiss their charges, citing “Equal Protection,” because they want the same grand jury treatment that Darren Wilson received from McCulloch.

From New Orleans to Angola

NOLA to Angola

Bruce Reilly: My ride was for the visitation to keep communities together, but my sweat on the free side of the wall is always for those left behind.

From Prison to Law School and Beyond

vTranscending Prison

Bruce Reilly: I filed my first bail motion and memorandum when some of my classmates were in kindergarten and have over two decades of experience covering all aspects of the courts and prisons.

Terminal Illness in Prison


Bruce Reilly: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 2001 and 2011, cancer and heart disease were the leading causes of over 3000 annual deaths in state prisons.

Confession of a Drug Dealer


Drug Dealer — My vision for post-prison was to help negotiate the peace. It is not a war on drugs, but a war against people.

Stop and Frisk: Dispelling the Myth of NYPD Victory


Bruce Reilly: People want and deserve highly trained and highly effective individuals being constructive in the community. This means more than simply training police as soldiers. We don’t need any more war in America.

Still Marching: 50 Years Later

March on Washington

Bruce Reilly: Fifty years after the March on Washington, reports indicate we are more segregated than ever, with a greater class disparity than any country except India.

Hunger Strikes, Force Feeds, and Solitary Dreams

herman wallace

Bruce Reilly: While the California prisoners enter their fourth day of hunger strikes, the people of Guantanamo enter their 40th. Meanwhile, Herman Wallace has spent over forty years in solitary confinement in Louisiana.