Prison Reform

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

California Bill Can End Solitary Confinement for Youth

End Solitary Confinement for Youth

Angela M. Chung: Rosemary, a trauma survivor with a history of depression and suicide attempts, was placed in solitary confinement for six weeks before her suicide. She repeatedly asked to see her counselor but was ignored. She hung herself with a bed sheet.

Prisoners As Victims

Prisoners as Victims

oo many people believe that if people are in prison, they are as guilty as hell, and, therefore, they deserve any kind of treatment that is dished out! I can understand the lack of sympathy and empathy by so many even though I don’t agree with that kind of mindset or for some, their total […]

Testimony of a Juvenile Offender, Part 1

Prisoners as Victims

James B. Elrod: Equally as destructive as the violence in my home was the fact that, from my earliest memories until I was around eleven or twelve, my brother (four years older than myself and the recipient of most of my mother’s violent attention) sexually and physically abused me.

The Storm Is Over

Kathy Kelly Writes from Prison

Kathy Kelly: I’ve seen flashes of fury, followed by sad resignation, like lightning giving way to rain, in the faces of guards and prison administrators witnessing these scenes occurring on their watch, but as powerless to stop them as to call off those storms the other night.

Sing Another Song

Pope Francis Visits Prison

Kathy Kelly: I don’t think he’ll be able to put Kentucky on his agenda, but it’s not outlandish to imagine the Pope visiting a U.S. prison.