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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Brought to you by “America’s leader in partnership corrections”

Why I Couldn’t Leave

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POPS the Club recognizes and celebrates our students’ talents, ideas and points of view, and we create a community that does not allow stigma or suffering to silence us.

How Texas Shut Down A Prison

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Texas saved $2 billion for taxpayers by cutting prison spending while making the state safer.

I Have Always been Searching for a Father

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“The ability for students to express feelings about their circumstances that POPS provides is perhaps one of the most powerful educational tools for self-awareness in existence.” —Robert Barton, California’s Inspector General

Philadelphia, a Great City That Can Do Better

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Operation Fresh Start™ is an innovative program that helps former nonviolent offenders reintegrate successfully through education and employment.

He Thought Prison was Rough. Then he Got Out.

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Let’s break the stigma of criminal records. Everyone deserves a second chance.

Our History

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Dannie Maddox gives us a count down to take us back step by step to her birth

Walked in Blind

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What do you do when anxiety can attack at any moment?

Immigrants for Sale

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Private prisons sell people like products

Brotherhood

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Anthony Rios pays tribute to his primary male role model. His brother.

War Zone, That’s Where I’m From

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P.O.P.S. writer Kei’Arri McGruder hits hard with cold truth about survival