A letter of hope to a nephew in prison

It's encouraging that a good number of people are in favor of reforming the criminal "justice" system, including the prisons.


We remember Rubin Hurricane Carter

Brother Carter's struggle was our struggle, what they did to him they did to us because racism is the common thread that twines our lives together.


Jailing Manning, burying the Cuban Five

Comparison of Chelsea Manning's sentence with sentences received by the Cuban Five prisoners, whistleblowers of another sort, is revealing.


Free Chelsea Manning and all political prisoners

For most Americans, the phrase "political prisoner" conjures up images of shady foreign governments plucking dissidents from their beds at night, never to be heard from again.


Let's give Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba

Guantanamo will only be closed if there continues to be a broad-based movement that pressures the government to close the prison; but this closure should be only a first step in a longterm strategy.


Jailed in the land of the free

In the middle of last year, due to a traffic violation, I spent a few months as a guest of our local county correctional facility.

Cuban Five prisoners are not alone

The end of the year is a fitting time to step up correspondence with Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labiñino and Antonio Guerrero, in jail now for 13 years.

Justice Scalia and the Dybbuk

It seems that, for second time since I can remember, a federal justice has been possessed by a dybbuk, an evil spirit in Jewish mythology.


Republican policies the cause of prison-to-poverty cycle

As the country prepares to go to the ballot box in two weeks, voters would do well to recall the long-term effect of Republican Contract with America polices.


Twenty-four hours in jail: "If I ruled the world, I'd free all my sons"

After spending more than 24 hours in lock-up, I kept thinking of Nas' song: "If I ruled the world/Imagine that/I'd free all my sons."

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