Our October discussion topic was on Prison Reform. This is something a member of our group has long been passionate about (see his book recommendations below). While prison is something I thankfully did not have to experience, the more I read about the topic the more fascinating — and frustrating — it became to see how this system perpetuates itself. Several thoughtful pieces below describe this quandary in detail, and at the same time offer guideposts for change and healing.
Here’s our starter list:
- Encyclopedia.com: Overview and History: The Prison Reform Movement
- Books: (Recommended by a group member who proposed this month’s discussion topic): “Robin Casarjian, author of “HOUSES of HEALING – A Prisoners Guide to Inner Power and Freedom” – – is the founder of the Lionheart Foundation – http://lionheart.org/ in Dedham, MA – she and her niece, Dr. Bethany Casarjian, also have authored “POWER SOURCE- Taking Charge of Your Life” – for teens at high risk and “POWER SOURCE PARENTING – Growing Up Strong And Raising Healthy Kids” – for teens who have children”
- Book: Are Prisons Obsolete? – Angela Y. Davis
- Book: – An Expensive Way to Make Bad People Worse: An Essay on Prison Reform from an Insider’s Perspective – Jens Soering. A note by your curator: An amazing read by a German national who was imprisoned for murder in the UK, then in the U.S. – a comparison of prison systems backed up with data outlining why prison ranks continue to grow systematically.
- Organization: UTEC Lowell – mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of proven-risk youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.
- Web site: Prison Reform – Rand Corporation
- Article: National Review – The Truth about Mass Incarceration
- Memorandum: Building a School District in the Federal Bureau of Prisons – U.S. Department of Justice – Sally Q. Yates – January 9, 2017