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Excessive Noise

Excessive Noise

We live in extremely hard times. The last year was certainly one of the more daunting of my life. The theme of 2020 was "If it can be shaken, it will be shaken." And the theme of 2021 may be "transition." Yet, whether or not 2021 turns out to be a year of growth...

Destiny Altered

Destiny Altered

Note from Melissa Schmitt, She-EO of Adopt an Inmate: My husband Jacob (he tells the story below the player) is what they call a "jailhouse lawyer." He has a heart of gold, and a compulsion to help everyone around him, especially with their legal work. Within hours of...

Prisons Use Covid to Enhance Punishment

Prisons Use Covid to Enhance Punishment

We've heard a few stories about how prisons use Covid as an excuse to enhance punishment of their charges. We received this letter from the mother of a person incarcerated at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Washington Department of Corrections. We have reported...

Nambi’s Pleasure and Pain

Nambi’s Pleasure and Pain

February 9, 2021 Today is special. It's my late brother Nambi's birthday. Nambi struggled with drug addiction since he was about 13 y/o, and he unfortunately lost that battle last year on 5/18/20. Nambi found pleasure in poetry, and I wanted to share with you his...

Slavery Abounds

Slavery Abounds

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude . . . except as punishment for a crime . . . shall exist. --13th Amendment (1865), U.S. Constitution YES, it's true! The 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution still permits slavery for anyone convicted of a crime and...

“Wintegrity”

“Wintegrity”

I recently read this July 2020 article written by David Waldstein about whether racial slur words should be officially banned from Scrabble tournament play, and while some black Scrabble players want the ban, others do not. (There are supposedly 225 offensive terms on...

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