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.

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).

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.