This is a chapter from my memoir about teaching incarcerated high school students on Rikers Island in NYC that was published in the literary magazine, J Journal. The memoir is titled The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island (published in 2019 by Deerbrook Editions): https://www.jjournal.org/post/in-the-building In the Sprungs, I had grown completely comfortable with my … Continue reading In the Building
A Philadelphia teenager and the empty promise of the Sixth Amendment By Jake Tapper https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/11/campaign-to-free-incarcerated-philadelphia-teenager-sixth-amendment/671527/ Painting by Fulton Leroy Washington (MR WASH). Source: Malike Sidibe for The Atlantic. OCTOBER 12, 2022 This article was featured in One Story to Read Today, a newsletter in which our editors recommend a single must-read from The Atlantic, Monday through Friday. … Continue reading THIS IS NOT JUSTICE
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
https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/2019/03/27/peculiar-patriot-takes-an-unflinching-look-mass-incarceration/?utm_term=.0c29758e86fd Liza Jessie Peterson dissects the prison-industrial complex in her one-woman show, "The Peculiar Patriot." (Christine Jean Chambers/Christine Jean Chambers) By Thomas Floyd March 27 Liza Jessie Peterson had just started teaching poetry workshops at Rikers Island in 1998 when a correctional officer asked if she knew where she was. “I said, ‘Yes, I’m at Rikers … Continue reading ‘The Peculiar Patriot’ takes an unflinching look at mass incarceration
https://observer.com/2015/07/inside-the-new-classes-aimed-at-reducing-violence-at-rikers-island/ The Observer takes an exclusive first look inside the Next Steps program, new classes offered to adult inmates at scandal-scarred Rikers Island By Jillian Jorgensen • 07/30/15 2:12pm Frank Horton, an instructor with STRIVE International, teaches a class in the George Motchan Detention Center on Rikers Island. (Photo: Emily Assiran for Observer) Inside a small classroom, Frank … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Could This Program Stem Surging Violence at Rikers Island?
I spent three years teaching young men between the ages of 16 and 18 in a public high school run by the New York City Department of Education on Rikers Island, one of the world's largest penal colonies. Because Rikers is a jail, all of my students were awaiting trial. Most of them had been … Continue reading Incarceration in America