The first part of my interview is now on the POC Zine Project site. You can read it at http://poczineproject.tumblr.com/post/54142410323/zine-spotlight-tenacio...
(I had meant to post this earlier, but in the flurry of post-AMC deadlines, I forgot.)
Last Thursday, the Senate passed what some have touted as a "sweeping immigration reform bill" by a vote of 68 to 32.
My Dear Friends, Supporters, Comrades:
I know we are all disappointed to the marrow of our bones and the depths of our hearts by the news that the Bureaucrats, Kafka like, have turned down my request for compassionate release.
Let me say, that we are planning ahead. The letter from the BOP (soon to be posted on the website) is flawed, to put it mildly. Both factually and medically it has major problems. We intend to go to court and raise these in front of my sentencing Judge Koeltl.
My first post looks at Louisiana senator David Vitter's proposed ban on food stamps for those with felony convictions. The ban would be retroactive, meaning that it doesn't matter how long ago a person was convicted of the felony.
Between 2007 and 2010, the number of state and federal prisoners age 65 or older grew 94 times faster than the overall prison population.
Between 1981 and 2010, the number of state and federal prisoners age 55 and over increased from 8,853 to 124,900.
Patreese Johnson will be coming home in August after 7 years of incarceration by the State of New York. She will be released on parole with a felony charge on her record.
Not that this surprises me. I worked at Framingham Women's Prison in Massachusetts in the 1990's when male guards rounded up women in the middle of the night for an "alleged" strip-search. They were sued. The women won. But the extent of the case at the jail in Chicopee where Sheriff Michael J.