By Jen Mulson for The Gazette, April 30, 2013
I've met several yoga teachers this year who are practicing karma yoga in our local criminal justice system. They are teaching prisoners and…Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on May 13, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I just got back from prison.
nothing I say, I just sat!
that's what it is...a wonderful Sangha of men in a prison near my home...
today, two new members came, these wonderful Sangha seem so…Continue
Added by ko shin Bob Hanson on March 20, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
The following essay is by William Blake, who has been held in solitary confinement for nearly 26 years. Currently he is in administrative segregation at Elmira Correctional Facility, a maximum security facility located in south central New York State. In 1987, Blake, then 23 and in county court on a drug charge, murdered one deputy and wounded another in a failed escape attempt. He was sentenced to 77 years to life. …Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on March 20, 2013 at 11:32am — No Comments
By Carter Tracy, PMI Admin & Books Behind Bars Coordinator
In 2012, PDN-headquarters changed the name of our primary organization to the Prison Mindfulness Institute. We created a brand new website reflecting our current projects and visions for new endeavors. The Prison Dharma…Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on March 11, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
It’s an optimistic headline: “Prison Rape: Obama’s Program to Stop It”. It leads into a comprehensive New York Review of Books article on three recently released Federal government publications. Two of these documents examine sexual abuse in the nation’s detention centers while the other outlines the Department of Justice’s regulations for eliminating prison rape. All three aim to address the appalling number of people—young and old, female and male, citizen and those awaiting…Continue
Added by David Chura on January 25, 2013 at 11:09am — No Comments
By Mary Pilon for The New York Times, January 3, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. — Three times a week, Robbie Norris, a lean, 50-year-old …Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on January 4, 2013 at 2:05pm — No Comments
The Akasha Project in New York City is partnering with the Prison Yoga Project to offer a 5-part training in "Service Yoga" every Sunday through October 28 at Ashtanga Yoga New York.
The five classes are led by instructors who have specialized in their particular area of teaching.…Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on October 2, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
In 2010-2011, the Insight Out Project, the Mind Body Awareness Project and Stronghold Sound teamed up to produce two pilot 40-minute audio curriculum modules for youth in the California Juvenile Probation System. The impetus…Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on September 18, 2012 at 10:02am — No Comments
Canadian Blues Singer, Rita Chiarelli, wanted to get to the roots of her genre's musical history. Her journey led her to the infamous Angola State Prison, where several grandfathers of American blues music served time years ago. What Rita discovered behind the walls of the massive prison complex was a thriving music…Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on June 21, 2012 at 2:59pm — No Comments
from The Economist, March 2012
AWAY from the crowds and chaos of the roads in Tihar, a district in west Delhi, the ordered calm of prison comes as a relief. Pigeons hop in and out through the bars of the main gate on their way to the dovecote. A dog snoozes in the shade. A pair of…Continue
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on June 14, 2012 at 10:02am — No Comments
By Amber Skorpenske for the Institute of International Journalism, Feb 15, 2012
Added by Carter (PDN Admin) on March 1, 2012 at 10:44am — No Comments
Arizona’s legislature recently passed a law charging prison visitors a onetime $25 fee as a way to help close the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit. Middle Ground Prison Reform, a prison advocacy group, challenged the law in court as a discriminatory tax, but a county judge upheld its constitutionality.
Fees like that, slapped on prisoners and their families, couldn’t be more…Continue
Added by David Chura on February 1, 2012 at 8:49am — No Comments
An Arizona court ruled that a fee charged to prison visitors is constitutional. Once again the burden is placed on poor families already struggling to keep their loved ones connected to a support system that study after study shows is essential for keeping ex-offenders out of jail. I am sometimes overwhelmed by the mean-spiritedness of our penal system and have to work hard to maintain my faith in people's goodness.
It took award-winning documentary filmaker Michel Wenzer ten years to complete the film At Night I Fly. Having gained unprecedented access to New Folsom prison – he…Continue
Added by Susan Austin on July 8, 2011 at 10:56am — No Comments
NOTE: THIS IS A RECENT BLOGPOST FROM MY SON WHO IS IN PRISON IN COLORADO. I maintain a distribution list and email his posts to about 50 friends and family. We also use MySpace and Facebook. If you would like to read some of his earlier writing, or would like to be a friend online (Facebook primarily) or want to be added to the email list, just contact me. I am including this here for the…Continue
Sex and power -- forces rampant in our prison system, thwarted and twisted by the jail culture. Lock up large numbers of the same gender and the frustrated sexual energy is palpable.
Likewise, in jail everyone -- wardens, correctional officers, inmates -- wants
power, fights for it, manipulates for it, in a place where everyone is made…
Front Gate at "The Farm," -- Angola
I’d been driving through thick, tall forests that blanket either side of the two land state road with an almost haunted feeling when suddenly the front gate of the Louisiana…Continue
When you go to jail you feel like everybody’s in your business but nobody cares. You get cuffed, shoved into the back of a squad car.
The police blotter broadcasts to the world what you did. You get booked,
fingerprinted, photographed, everything about you fed into “The Man’s” hungry
computer. You’re watched—by correctional officers, wardens, nurses, other
inmates; even the kitchen workers warily scope you out. Bars instead of…
Added by David Chura on June 28, 2010 at 9:38am — No Comments
It costs a lot to lock people up (by some estimates $32 billion annually.) You have to house them, feed them, give them basic medical care.
It costs a lot, even if you cut corners. Overpack a dorm or double-bunk (as dangerous as that practice is.) Serve cheap food—unrecognizable, processed meats; overripe, almost rotted fruit;
white bread that wads up to the touch. Save on health care by not giving
any. In the county jail where I…