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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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.