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West Virginia Penitentiary Visit: A Chilling Experience

Feel the chill of the prison walls.  Hear the stories of former prisoners. Walk the halls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, as cold sensations permeate the skin. 730 more words

Just Because

I’m waiting on the day when people walk free.

Free from the Penitentiary in their minds.


Prisons and Recidivism

Today, the Vlog Brothers (Hank Green) posted a video about Mass Incarceration in the US. As the video shows, mass incarceration has been an abysmal policy failure. 79 more words

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In the Slammer - A Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

Charles Dickens and I have something in common. Both of us visited Eastern State Penitentiary. Dickens would write in his travel journal, “In its intention I am well convinced that it is kind, humane, and meant for reformation; but I am persuaded that those who designed this system of Prison Discipline, and those benevolent gentleman who carry it into execution, do not know what it is that they are doing….I hold this slow and daily tampering with the mysteries of the brain to be immeasurably worse than any torture of the body; and because its ghastly signs and tokens are not so palpable to the eye,… and it extorts few cries that human ears can hear; therefore I the more denounce it, as a secret punishment in which slumbering humanity is not roused up to stay.” I encourage you to visit Eastern State and draw your own conclusions. 783 more words

On a "Surge" in Violence and Mental Illness at Rikers

I recently read a NY Times article about violence and mental illness at Rikers Island prison in New York City.

With shows like Oz, Prison Break, Law and Order, TV-jails are always portrayed as something very scary, very dangerous, with riots and stabbings and things like that. 598 more words

Port Authur, Tasmania...

So yesterday was our last night in Tasmania, we spent the night camping in Port Arthur.

We got up this morning and had a look around the area.. 39 more words

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