Commentary

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

3 criminal justice trends you should care about

Reducing mass incarceration and reforming the nation's criminal justice system are now mainstream news, yet most reporting focuses on the deleterious effects of racial and economic inequities on communities of color, incarcerated people, and individuals on parole or probation. There is, however, cause for optimism as demonstrated in the following areas: racial disparities, state laws,… Continue reading 3 criminal justice trends you should care about

Commentary

“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.”