Was I an Athlete Headed to Vegas or a Juvenile Headed to Jail?

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I was a sixteen-year-old kid looking forward to celebrating his seventeenth birthday later that week.

I am a Soldier in this Cold World

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Alberto Hernandez and other young men in Mid City, LA can’t escape the reality of trauma and race.

Alcohol, Guns, and Death: Trying to Become a Man

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Randy Chavez explains how three critical years in his life have lead him to some promises.

Why it Makes Sense to Reopen Access to Pell Grants for Prisoners

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Repeated evaluations have shown men and women who attend college in prison don’t return to prison.

Looking Back When Your Neck Doesn’t Agree

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John Rodriguez shares some boyhood memories where he felt stuck.

Is He Useless, or Can He Change?

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Leo Cruz is facing the future, and he is not sure where, who, or how he will be able to change.

Counting Down Backward on the Ladder to Manhood

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17-year-old Anthony Cortez looks back on the ways he thought he was becoming a man.

Dad’s Last Day

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Jackie Sanchez faces her father’s alcoholism.

My Prison Part II

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Tyanni Gomez revisits the theme of prison and pain. Is there a chance for release?

Nowhere but Barstow and Prison

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A small, Jewish woman and a sturdy black man over six feet tall have a lot in common, “human beings must rescue themselves.”

My Uncle’s DUI

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Alejandra Ruiz is concerned for her father in the face of an uncles DUI.

He’s Never Coming Back

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Counting the years back shows the track to the border of familial seperation

I am the Fetus of an Affair

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Elia Espinosa confronts herself about the man who provided the other half of her genetic material.

Who Signs Up For Gladiator School?

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Former private prison worker blows the whistle on abuse

Food Truck Serves Up Social Justice

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Former Rikers Island incarcerated men are driving change with food

How Private Prisons Make Visitation Difficult

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