Storming the American Bastille

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There is not a crisis of crime that fills our prisons; it is unjust conviction and sentencing. Can we re-envision the prison system?

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Dreaming Beyond Prison Cell Walls


Spoon Jackson, an inmate without the possibility of parole, asks us to “Forgive for our own good, our own balance, our own love and light.”

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Slow Motion: Skylarks, Prison and Social Progress

“What just happened?” The court-appointed lawyer repeated Jackie Summers words, then replied tersely. “You got f***ed.”

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Murderers Are His Life


Let’s make sure the wisdom of prison educators doesn’t get left out of a dialogue that has become water-cooler conversation across America.

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Inspiration Wanes


A geese family, two youngsters, and a flute help revive Spoon Jackson’s inspiration.

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Morning Parade


Spoon Jackson speaks of nature from behind bars.

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Unnatural Desert: The End of Arts-in-Corrections


Spoon Jackson gives a glimpse into daily prison life and asks, “How can we heal without the arts?”

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I Played Prison Football and Lived to Write This


A new section of grass opened up an invitation to play some Yard football.

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Life Without Parole – Limbo

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Spoon Jackson contemplates his life without parole

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Ernie’s Auto-Erotic Wallpaper

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Small tokens take on oversized importance in the small, lonely cells of Donovan Correctional Center.

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The Struggle To Be

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Loneliness is such a powerful feeling that it can often take away our desire to truly exist. Spoon Jackson reflects on this daily — behind bars.

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The ‘Big House’ Isn’t Big Enough

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A former consumer of corrections services, John Nelson knows a thing or two about prison overcrowding—and the men who hope to find rehabilitation when they get there.

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New Folsom Prison Diary: April

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Spoon Jackson’s view of the world from Folsom State Prison is framed by a 3″x3′ tall window.

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Stolen: A Letter from a Prisoner Serving Life without Parole

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Spoon Jackson does not define himself as a murderer, but by what he has done in the days since. How do you see him?

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Locked Down for Having Dreadlocks

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Injustices, large and small, abound in prison. California prison inmate Spoon Jackson, a teacher and poet, is wrongly identified as a gang member and placed on lockdown.

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Who Profits From a Growing Prison Population?

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Private prisons highlight the disposability of men.

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