We used to run writers’ weekends in prison. Fifteen outside writers would come into the prison all day Saturday and most of Sunday. We would meet with about the same number of inside writers. The focus was on writing, not on prison, but of course, that subject came up. We ate with the men, even stood there with them while they were “counted.”
Everybody who ever attended one of these weekends thought they were great. Outsiders left with a whole new idea of what and who a convict was. Insiders felt that for those two days they were not in prison – they were meeting with other writers and working on the craft of writing. They made friends with those on the outside and they learned that many people in the community were willing to give them a chance.
For two short days we broke the terrible “us and them”…
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“Authorities say tactical teams entered a detention center in Raymond and met no resistance as they brought an inmate disturbance under control Monday.”
“Guards and security officials at Virginia’s most secure prison conspired with an inmate to give him the opportunity to kill another prisoner, the slain man’s mother claims in a lawsuit.”
“The state prison system has agreed to provide Muslim inmates with three meals a week containing meat prepared in keeping with their religious beliefs as part of the settlement of a lawsuit accusing the prison of violating their religious rights.”
“A former detective who was jailed for life for murdering his partner, a fellow officer, whose body was found in a shallow woodland grave, has been found hanged in his cell at Lewes prison in East Sussex. Peter Foster, 36, a former detective constable, was told he must serve at least 17 years at Lewes crown court last month after admitting murder.”
“Officials say a second inmate has committed suicide at a central Pennsylvania prison in a two-week span.”
“Illinois authorities took the unusual step of searching guards and other prison employees for contraband as they left at least seven facilities last week, sparking worker allegations that the checks may have been reprisals for complaints about overcrowding and understaffing and inside information leaked to the news media, workers and union officials told The Associated Press.”
NABLUS, (PIC)– Palestinian prisoners in Gilboa prison have been exposed to Israeli punitive measures since the beginning of the month of Ramadan, revealed a lawyer for Tadamun Foundation for Human Rights after visiting the detainees there.
Ahmed Beitawi, a researcher with the foundation, said that the prison administration of Gilboa informed the prisoners of its intention to withdraw the ventilators from some sections, which will increase their suffering, especially with the hot weather.
Beitawi quoted Jerusalemite captive Malik Najah Bakirat, who has been detained for 11 years and sentenced to 19 years, as saying that the prison administration also refused to provide the prisoners with their necessities for the month of Ramadan, noting the acute shortage of some food items such as the fresh vegetables.
Bakirat pointed out that he suffers from a neurological problem and that as a result of the misdiagnosis…
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