Sixth in a Series of Readings from The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island

https://www.youtube.com/embed/1t0hA7byLpE “The New Plantation takes us into the chaos of Rikers Island, giving us the vivid voices of young men–kids, really–caught in the unrelenting grip of institutional racism. I found it riveting.” –Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, Ernie’s Ark, and One-in-a-Million Boy “It’s easy to forget people of whatever age who have been disappeared by … Continue reading Sixth in a Series of Readings from The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island

Reading 2 – The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island – from Chapter 2

https://youtu.be/MPvUU1vFeRM Reading 2 from The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island “The New Plantation takes us into the chaos of Rikers Island, giving us the vivid voices of young men–kids, really–caught in the unrelenting grip of institutional racism. I found it riveting.” –Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, Ernie’s Ark, and One-in-a-Million Boy “It’s easy to … Continue reading Reading 2 – The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island – from Chapter 2

Coronavirus Cases Are Spreading Rapidly on Rikers Island

Soap and space are still in short supply as at least 231 incarcerated people and 223 staff members test positive for COVID-19. By JULIA CRAVEN - APRIL 02, 2020 - for SLATE An aerial view of the Rikers Island prison in New York City.Debra L. Rothenberg/WireImage Between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, 47 more incarcerated people … Continue reading Coronavirus Cases Are Spreading Rapidly on Rikers Island

Last Meals on Death Row, a Peculiarly American Fascination

The photographer Henry Hargreaves recreated the last meals of condemned inmates for his collection "No Seconds." --Henry Hargreaves By Jay Rayner - March 10, 2020 - The New York Times At some point last Oct. 1, Russell Bucklew was served a gyro, a smoked brisket sandwich, two portions of fries, a cola and a banana split. … Continue reading Last Meals on Death Row, a Peculiarly American Fascination

Ex-prisoners who can vote sought for Wisconsin 2020 election

From apnews.com By SARA BURNETT - January 13, 2020 In this Dec. 11, 2019, photo, Quentin Blackburn poses for a photo in Milwaukee. Blackburn is a felon who didn't realize he could vote when his probation was finished. "When I became a felon, it was like something was stripped from me," he said. "I felt … Continue reading Ex-prisoners who can vote sought for Wisconsin 2020 election

LONGTIME LOUISIANA PRISONER WHO MAINTAINED HER INNOCENCE DIES LESS THAN TWO YEARS AFTER HER RELEASE

TheAppeal.org Roxanna Asgarian  Nov 25, 2019 The poor healthcare that Bobbie Jean Johnson received during her more than 40 years in prison contributed to her death, family members say. In February 2018, 40 years after Bobbie Jean Johnson was sent to prison, she was set free. Bobbie Jean was 19 when she was arrested for … Continue reading LONGTIME LOUISIANA PRISONER WHO MAINTAINED HER INNOCENCE DIES LESS THAN TWO YEARS AFTER HER RELEASE

CounterPunch Review of The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/30/prison-classrooms-reflect-white-supremacy/ AUGUST 30, 2019 Prison Classrooms Reflect White Supremacy by W. T. WHITNEY One story is that of a young man in the midst of bizarre, even outrageous interactions with a group of boys. He is inexperienced, but perseveres, learns, and overcomes what looks like a dead-end situation. The other story is about these imprisoned teenagers … Continue reading CounterPunch Review of The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2019.html By Wendy Sawyer and Peter Wagner March 19, 2019 Can it really be true that most people in jail are being held before trial? And how much of mass incarceration is a result of the war on drugs? These questions are harder to answer than you might think, because our country’s systems of confinement are so fragmented. The … Continue reading Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019

How the War on Drugs Kept Black Men out of College

TAMARA GILKES BORR - MAY 15, 2019 - From The Atlantic The War on Drugs locked up thousands of black men, and a new study finds that it may have also locked many out of the college classroom—and all the benefits that come with a college degree. There was a time when black men’s college enrollment was … Continue reading How the War on Drugs Kept Black Men out of College