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I Can't Breathe

We Can’t Breathe-Reginald Brown

In 1992 I was 5 years old. I vaguely remember the beating of Rodney King by six white LAPD Officers who were subsequently acquitted. Today I am a 32 year old black man, experienced with police contact, some good, and some bad. Nevertheless, I am aware that 30 years later, things remain the same. Often, […]

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Black Lives Matter

Non-White Classification Pt 2-Terry Thomas

In the MDOC 65% of all clerk positions, 70% of Maintenance jobs and 50% of all Toutor jobs are held by “White” prisoners. This is by design because most of these positions are hand-picked by the assignmet supervisors rather than being chosen by the classification director from first-come-first-serve pools. Supervisors are allowed to slect prsoner […]

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Black Lives Matter

Non-White Classification Pt 1-Terry Thomas

At the best of times, prison is a traumatic experience filled with stress, danger and glimpses into the darker regions of the human heart. The rules and policies of the instutions which house those confined to prison are supposed to operate as a mitigating balance to these negative forces. They are meant to restrain the […]