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Behind the bars of San Quentin

W. Kamau Bell: I had a great time in prison

Kamau Bell views life from inside San Quentin and finds a unique world order. 'United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell' airs Sunday, May at 10 p.

Mental Illness and Jails: Race Is Left Out of the Equation | Truthout | "A number of efforts are underway to address the over-incarceration of people living with mental illness. However, most initiatives overlook the crucial component of race in their analysis. It is time for that to change. Racism pervades the prison industrial complex. No serious attempt at reform can ignore this." Click to read and share the full article.

Efforts to address the over-incarceration of people living with mental illness often overlook the crucial component of race.

This Former Inmate Wants To Close Rikers Island, And He Has The Mayor's Attention

This Former Inmate Wants To Close Rikers Island, And He Has The Mayor's Attention

"You can’t continue to say you’re a national progressive leader and have a torture island in your own backyard.

Just before 2:30am Daniel Treglia jostled awake at the sounds of the mechanical iron doors slowly screeching open.

Ending Inmate Isolation: Inside the Battle to Stop Solitary Confinement in America

Just before Daniel Treglia jostled awake at the sounds of the mechanical iron doors slowly screeching open.

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US prison labor

Why US inmates launched a nationwide strike

Even the American Correctional Association, the country's largest trade organization for prisons and jails, this year passed a resolution urging the repeal of the amendment's "exclusion clause," which allows for such labor.

Art offers rare positive for inmates

Project Paint and other classes help lower tensions, which contributes to safer environment for prison inmates and staff

#MONSTASQUADD Opera in Attica: Arias at a Maximum-Security Prison

Opera in Attica: Arias at a Maximum-Security Prison

The Glimmerglass Festival performed excerpts from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” for inmates and guards at one of New York’s most notorious prisons.

The Caretaker - NYT video

The Caretaker

A short documentary explores the tender relationship between a caretaker who is an undocumented immigrant and an elderly woman in the last months of her life.

Sister Helen Prejean recounts early years in fight against death penalty  #peace #justice

Joseph Sister Helen Prejean: "I remember thinking clearly, really clearly, 'The people are never going to get close to this. It's a secret ritual. I've been brought in as a witness, so I've got to tell a story.

A new work program inside this prison lets inmates build websites for businesses on the outside. Increase your technological powers!

San Quentin’s Web Development Shop Gives Inmates a Future-Ready Fresh Start

Why you shouldnt be surprised that prisoners crushed Harvards debate team

From left, Carl Snyder, Dyjuan Tatro and Carlos Polanco, inmates and members of the Bard Prison Initiative Debate team, embrace after winning the debate against the Harvard College Debating Union at the Eastern New York Correctional facility.

9/30/15 9:51:27 AM -- An exterior view of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma on the day of Richard Glossip's execution. Photo by Shane Bevel/The Frontier

AM -- An exterior view of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma on the day of Richard Glossip's execution. Photo by Shane Bevel/The Frontier

Acting workshops hoping to reduce re-offending in California prisons

Acting workshops hoping to reduce re-offending in California prisons

Inmates at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco took part in the acting workshop 'Commedia Dell'Arte', designed to help aid their rehabilitation.

Tim Robbins, artistic director of The Actors' Gang in Los Angeles, conducts a workshop at  the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco.

Arts-in-Corrections: California's Creative Response to a Broken Prison System

Tim Robbins, artistic director of The Actors' Gang in Los Angeles, conducts a workshop at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco.

'Prison guards can never be weak': the hidden PTSD crisis in America's jails ‘Eight and the gate’ is a corrections officer’s unofficial motto, but the hyper-vigilance of the job and the episodes of inmate violence take an extremely high toll. ‘We’re doing time too, we’re just getting paid for it’

'Prison guards can never be weak': the hidden PTSD crisis in America's jails

‘Eight and the gate’ is a corrections officer’s unofficial motto, but the hyper-vigilance of the job and the episodes of inmate violence take an extremely high toll. ‘We’re doing time too, we’re just getting paid for it’

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