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.
The prison population in the United States is larger than any other country. The growth of our prison system is unmatched.
David Love: More people behind bars than in the dorms. What could it be about the South that would explain this? Could it be a tradition of slavery, racial violence and Jim Crow segregation, a legacy of criminalizing and dehumanizing people and of just not treating folks very well?
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).
Kathy Kelly: Taking a cue from organizers who have spent years protesting U.S. military bases elsewhere in the Pacific Basin, the activists in Gangjeong hold daily protests.
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.
Rosemary Jenkins: I don’t think one has to be religious to learn from the “graceful” teachings of the contents of this teaching Bible. What is most important is how efficacious the guidelines are and for how long the results will last.
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.
Cathy Cockrell: In interviews and speaking engagements, formerly incarcerated students speak of struggles to “keep it real” in all aspects of their lives, to fend off “imposter syndrome” and stigma on campus and cope with the trauma of incarceration.
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.
Diane Lefer: Today, approximately 2.7 million American children are separated from a parent because of arrest and lockup in prison or jail. Do we simply accept that these kids will be collateral damage in our culture of mass incarceration?
Frank McAlpin: Our collective movement for racial and social justice cannot let this moment pass by. We must harness the momentum of Prop 47 to push for continued reforms in the criminal justice system not just here in California but across the nation.
Jessica Goodheart: There is still a more difficult conversation to be had about race and the unfinished business of the civil rights movement that will not likely make it into the sound bites.
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.