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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Go On: Support The Other Death Penalty Project

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You can help raise awareness among policymakers of the cruelty of life without parole.

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To Watch TV or Not

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Spoon Jackson remembers the days before free TV pacified prison culture.

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Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough

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Kenneth E. Hartman’s anthology sheds light on the other death penalty: life without parole.

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Prison Utopia

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The United States leads the world in incarceration rates of its citizens. Is America really home of the free?

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Unrelenting: Mental Illness in Prison

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After 35 years of incarceration, Spoon Jackson says, “I have never adjusted to being caged.”

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Spring Dew

I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.

Spoon Jackson welcomes Spring with the declaration that “There is still beauty in cell bars.”

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About My Sentence

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Spoon Jackson, who has served 34 years of a life sentence in prison, faces the reality of his fate.

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Arts in Correction Documentary ‘At Night I Fly’ Premieres at MOMA

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GMP Poet Spoon Jackson is one of the subjects of Michel Wenzler’s complex portrait of prison life, in its US premiere at MOMA on February 20.

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Months of Lockdown

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While in lockdown, poet and prisoner Spoon Jackson flies in his mind’s eye, witness to freedom and injustice.

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At Night I Fly: The Good Life Introduces Spoon Jackson, a Poet Behind Bars

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Spoon Jackson writes from prison of the freedom he enjoys as he flies: ‘My heart pounds behind no chest.’

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