It will be generations before we know how our infatuation for incarceration has impacted mothers, children, fathers, families. It is destructive beyond measure. Shame on us. This is America. We must do better.
Thanks, Jasmine, for such an articulate look at this dreadful situation.
Thanks, Nell. Amy is a friend and she deserves all the recognition in the world. She works tirelessly for those behind bars. There are so many incredible women who served time and then, like Amy and me, decided to make this our life’s work. I know Amy will continue to have miracles happen so more Alice Johnson’s can get out. Thanks for shining a light into this darkness.
Thanks, Josh. I completely agree. Language does matter. After seven years inside and nine out, plus hours of discussion with others of us who have served time, we have never been able to come up with a word we all agree on that describes someone who has served time (and I’m an English major).
You have no idea what your post meant to me. Like you, I live a charmed life but like you, everyone’s definition of charmed is different. Like you, I was recently diagnosed with MDS (look me awhile to learn to spell it)and had a hip replacement three weeks ago. Yes, I needed a platelet transfusion before and…
Thanks, Ashley, for your willingness to be raw, vulnerable and hopeful. I was only in the WH three times but my experiences made an impression on me I will never forget. When you all left, I grieved. As the work you all envisioned and created is being systematically destroyed, I’ve grieved. As our work in CJR has been pushed back, I’ve been sickened…
It’s refreshing to read such a thoughtful and compelling piece on incarceration. It’s a highly complex issue that too many see as just black and white although it’s many, many shades of grey. I particularly like the four purposes of prison. I vote for rehabilitation; it’s the cheapest approach to crime and punishment.