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Developing an International Prison Arts Directory

A team of international researchers and arts practitioners are working to create a Prison Arts Directory online. Your ideas and advice would be greatly appreciated in helping to set up this new and exciting project. Prison Arts Directory Online Survey Please note: The information you share in this survey may be used in the development …

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‘Prison Photography’ on the Road: Stories Behind the Photos

Pete Brook is a freelance writer and photography researcher based in Seattle, WA.  Following much attention to his blog, Prison Photography, Pete is launching a new project on the road. ‘Prison Photography’ on the Road is a journalism project focusing on photography, prisons, and education. I’m going on a 12-week road-trip across America interviewing photographers …

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‘Prison Education’ by Robert P. Waxler

Bob Waxler is the Co-Founder of Changing Lives Through Literature based in Dartmouth, MA. There is a long and progressive tradition in education that I support and that we all need to consider in terms of prison reform. That tradition is rooted in the belief that the goal of education, as of life, is to …

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Problem Child: A conversation through the walls of solitary confinement

by Arthur Longworth Re-posted from  YES! Magazine, originally posted on Jun 03, 2011 Standing at the cell door in Walla Walla IMU, looking out, I can see that they are preparing to bring someone in. I realize I know him—the prisoner on the leash. Reno Malava, a young Samoan who in the regular prison is …

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Between the Bars Blog: A Space for Stories, Dialogue, and Opportunity

Charlie DeTar, a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab, fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, and social justice activist, has been concerned about our criminal justice system for many years. He has watched the prison population skyrocket to over two million, and the gap between the number of African Americans and …

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Denney Juvenile Justice Center Poetry Workshop Launches New Blog, Downloadable Poetry Books

Denney Juvenile Justice Center Poetry Workshop founder and facilitator Mindy Hardwick writes, In 2005, I volunteered to facilitate a poetry workshop with youth at Denney Juvenile Justice Center, located in Everett, Washington. Each week, I meet with a group of young men and a group of young ladies and we write poems which are based …

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Domestic Violence Awareness Day

by Emily Harris On Saturday March 12th, I had the honor of attending the 5th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Day at Valley State Prison for Women.  The day was incredibly moving, full of lots of emotion, tears, laughter and many familiar faces.  It was such an honor to be present to witness the powerful skits, …

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