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Incarcerated Voices is an exploration into the circumstances and conditions of incarceration through the eyes, ears, and hearts of prisoners. We seek to foster insight into the prisoner’s responses to broaden the general public’s understanding of the prison population today. The intent is to give a voice to the voiceless. Incarcerated Voices will illuminate the humanity that exists within the concrete walls of this nation’s prisons.

Reform Update

I just wanted to update everyone on the recent happenings as far as the prison reform efforts goes. The United States Sentencing Commission on April 10th recently passed – unanimously – the “drugs minus two” proposal, and it was reported that 21,000 support letters came in from the community, which is a blessing and it’s a wonderful occurrence… realizing that this measure is just a small microcosm of the issue, or trying to effect change on the issue. It means that we have a lot of work to do and a long way to go, although we have just made some head way, there’s still work to do. Read more

Racism in Jury Selection

When people point to the racism in the criminal justice system, they usually refer to the amount of non-white inmates. For instance, at the end of 2011, there were about 1.3 million people incarcerated in state facilities. Of those, about 510,000 (39.2%) were African American and 280,000 (21.5%) were Hispanic. In a perfect world, the percentages of incarcerated would reflect America’s population demographics. However, this is not the case. Read more

Prison Colonies

A prison colony, or penal colony, was a common theme in 18th and 19th century Britain, where prisoners were exiled and separated from the general population, usually in a more remote location and were overseen by someone with absolute authority.  They were punished with forced labor and isolation in hopes of encouraging them to never return and to prevent any chance of them escaping.  Read more