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Food for Thought – What is the Point of Mass Incarceration?

Two pitbulls face to face, full aggression, but on a chain. It’s the sound of a correction officer arguing with an inmate. This is what I wake up to. Is this normal? Is this the teachings of how we are to conduct ourselves in our community? Please tell me….. What is the point of this […]

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Food for Thought – MDOC Visits & Chauvin Trial

“Food For Thought” “I Thought Natural Life Would Kill My Soul it did the Opposite!” Current MDOC Visiting My thoughts on MDOC visiting: it has been a very long year since we have had the opportunity to have a contact visit, and me having a sentence where visiting is necessary I am thankful. But there […]

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Food for Thought – Mental Health Awareness

Food For Thought The month of May is Mental Health Awareness. We need family, friends, and allies to be mindful of the Michigan Department of Corrections. There is a unanimous sadness and hopelessness within the prisons. Any uplifting, encouragement, or thoughtful words is needed. Any HOPE…… in prison reform, votes in favor of House Bill […]

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OUR FIRST RESPONSE

By: Frank L. Adams Jr. #427391 I want you to take a moment with me and think about something. I want you to think about how you RESPOND when you get angry. Do you speak whatever comes to mind? Do you lash out in a way that makes people want to stay away? Only you […]

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MDOC Visiting

My thoughts on MDOC visiting is one of gratitude. I’ve seen family that I haven’t seen in 10 years. I’ve seen the pets and the house. Nothing compares to hugging and kissing loved ones, but video visits have its advantages. I AM thankful. Tamerra Washington #486364 WHV

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P.T.S.D.

By: Demetrius Brasher #234214 HAMJAMBO WATU WAZURI!(Swahili for hello my beautiful people) Whenever the topic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is introduced, we’ve been trained to only think about war veterans. But, what about those people who have been sexually assaulted? What about those who were victims of some of the most heinous crimes, or […]

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CRITICAL THINKING: A Radical Approach to the Greatest Question One Could Ask

By: J.C. Riley #288310 I can remember it as clear as day. I was in the 3rd grade at Mary McCloud Bethune Elementary. I was just a baby duck and my teacher was preparing my class for recess. She ushered us all into a line and one by one the other children stood in single […]

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Good Time: The Hope Michigan Needs

During the past two years our country has had to take a hard look at itself. We have transitioned politically, examined our social mores, and faced an unseen killer. So, why should we concern ourselves about whether the state of Michigan implements “good time” to prisoners? At one time Michigan’s prison system (and its sentencing […]

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Punishment or Rehabilitation?

Q: Why should good time be implemented in the Michigan prison system? Okay, good time credits where an essential tool used at one time as an incentive for those to govern themselves concerning their behavior and/or program participation. Good time was/is a good thing that Michigan should bring back into the system as fundamental fairness […]

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I’m approaching FREEDOM!!!

By: Tamerra Washington #486364 “You’re too emotional! Get away from emotions and focus on black and white.” – What if each speck of black on the white are lies? “Those emotions won’t free you.” – Emotions all I have! How can I not be emotional about my whole life?? At 30 years old sentenced 32-50 […]