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“I was totally ignorant about…the criminal justice system, the courts or prisons.”

When my late son,* Damon Anthony Moyler, was incarcerated in various New York State prisons for most of the 80s and 90s, I was totally ignorant about the workings of the criminal justice system, the courts, or prisons. In retrospect, I should have questioned why most of the other visitors to Attica, Auburn, Elmira and… Continue reading “I was totally ignorant about…the criminal justice system, the courts or prisons.”

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Know your rights as the family of an incarcerated person

In 2013, the InterNational Prisoners Family Conference adopted the "Prison Family Bill of Rights." I wish such a document had existed during the 16 years that my son was in and out of New York State prisons. (It is relevant for me today because I have two family members currently in prison.) During those long… Continue reading Know your rights as the family of an incarcerated person

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In “Open Season” Ben Crump tackles racism in America’s justice system

Earlier this month, I caught civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump on Book TV speaking at the Boston Book Festival about his new book,¬†Open Season¬†that examines what its cover page describes as the "Legalized Genocide of Colored People." Surprisingly, his audience was overwhelmingly white, yet apparently captivated by Crump's low-key, yet authoritative tone. He had come… Continue reading In “Open Season” Ben Crump tackles racism in America’s justice system