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February 9, 2018

Look at this picture.  See the bright eyes, the strong arms, the hopeful smile.  Meet Dontie Mitchell, incarcerated at the age of seventeen, Dontie has spent over half his life in prison.

Dontie is not eligible for parole for another six years, yet he's served...

December 12, 2017

Dontie Mitchell, as you may have read in prior posts, was sentenced at seventeen.  Dontie has now spent over half his life in prison.  He is courageously fighting for his freedom to pursue the opportunites that were robbed from him as a teenager. Yes, I am flipping the...

September 28, 2017

"I'v been in prison for 16 years, and I've lost so much during those years.  My Moms....she was my best friend, and I lost her on May 2nd 2012.

My son passed away while I was on Rikers Island.  He was eleven years old.  

After losing so much, the only motivatio...

August 29, 2017

Prison Writes students reading at BronxConnect    on August 16th was an inspiration to all in attendance.  Thank you to everyone at BronxConnect for your dedication to keeping our youth out of prison, particularly Tara Brown-Arnell, Ariany Polo and Tyza Perdomo, w...

May 8, 2017

Because we are free we have an obligation to represent those who are not.

As I write this, as you read this, an estimated 80,000 people are sitting in solitary confinement in the United States. Many researchers consider this a low estimate. Please see Solitary Watch 


May 1, 2017

If You Knew Me, by Arkia

If you knew me

You would know

I’m smart, beautiful, and kind

I’ve been through a lot

And wore a smile as a disguise.

I wonder if you could see

The pain in my eyes, all the silent cries

Sometimes I wish God would send me

A sign of my overall purpose in...

April 10, 2017

Begun at Princeton University, Project Solidarity is aimed at mitigating the effects of the unjust social isolation imposed upon individuals in solitary as well as familiarizing students with the phenomenon of solitary and the experiences of the approximately 80,000 US...

March 29, 2017

A screening of the documentary Rikers: An American Jail, followed by a panel discussion at the American Bar Association Tuesday March 28, 2017

“You can’t reform a concentration camp.”  Johnny Perez (center)

Last night was the second time I viewed Bill Moyer's docume...

March 25, 2017

BIG THANKS to Michael Che, Justin Corney and SNL for their generous donation of tickets to SNL Live to auction for Prison Writes.  Through the site Charitybuzz, and the assistance of Lindsey Arenberg from NBC, Prison Writes raised $6318 to continue our writing workshop...

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