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Mothers of Parchman Prison inmates shout for justice at Team ROC rally

"I'm frustrated and I'm tired (but) I will not stop until Parchman is shut the fuck down!" This impassioned promise by the mother of a Parchman inmate captures the anguish of mothers whose sons suffer deplorable conditions at the Mississippi State Penitentiary (known as Parchman Farm). Although entertainment mogul, Jay-Z (founder of REFORM Alliance with… Continue reading Mothers of Parchman Prison inmates shout for justice at Team ROC rally

Criminal Justice

A personal mission; prison reform vs criminal justice reform

My Mission Many years ago, when my (now deceased) son was incarcerated, I knew next to nothing about criminal justice policies, rates of incarceration, or racial disparities in sentencing. I paid little heed to his complaints about overly punitive judges, ineffective lawyers, or prison conditions. In actuality, I believed he was just venting his frustrations.… Continue reading A personal mission; prison reform vs criminal justice reform

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New year, new outreach to mothers with sons involved in the justice system

As we approach 2018, I am excited to announce my new venture, the "Heart-to-Heart Speaking Tour" for churches in the Las Vegas area titled, "Mass Incarceration and its Effects on Families and Communities." The goal is to encourage churches to advocate for criminal justice reform and/or to consider a ministry to support/mentor those in jail… Continue reading New year, new outreach to mothers with sons involved in the justice system