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Originally posted on Prison Divestment Campaign:

There are 36 U.S.-based major financial investors that own over one million shares of CCA and GEO combined. The following companies each own over 1 million shares of CCA and GEO, and collectively own over two-thirds of CCA and GEO:

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I’ll be partaking in the student-organised prison reform SPEAR Conference this weekend. If you’re in or near New Jersey think about stopping by. Some very knowledgable thinkers, doers, journalists and activists will be convening. Below is the program.


April 4-5, 2014
, Princeton University


1:00pm. Opening Address:
 Marc Mauer, Executive Director of the Sentencing Project.

2:15pm. Panel 1: Academic Research on Incarceration. Brings together academics from a range of disciplines to discuss their research on mass incarceration.

Emily Owens, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania
; Charles Loeffler, Jerry Lee Asst. Professor of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania.

Kiminori Nakamura, Asst. Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland; 
Jill Witmer Sinha, Asst. Professor, Rutgers School of Social Work. Moderator: Imani Perry, Professor, Princeton University Center for African American Studies.

4:30pm – 6 pm. Panel 2: Alternative Approaches to Prison Reform. Exploring alternative approaches to prisoner education and reentry programs through arts, entrepreneurship, job training, and urban farming.

Bert Smith, CEO, Prison Entrepreneurship Program; 
Pete Brook, Writer-editor-blogger, Prison Photography; Francis Lawn and Diane Cornman-Levy, Roots to Reentry; Charles Rosen, Founder, New Ark Farms.

7:30pm. Film Screening – The House I Live In, followed by discussion with Eugene Jarecki, filmmaker; and Chris Hedges, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist.


9:30am – 10:50am. Panel 3: Prison Education. Brings together various perspectives on prison education, ranging from participant, to teacher, to policymaker.

Terrell Blount, Mountainview Program graduate
; Fred Patrick, Director of the Pathways Project, Vera Institute; 
Max Kenner, Bard Prison Initiative.

11:00-12:00pm. Workshop A: Getting Involved. How to implement and improve educational programs between your university and local correctional facilities.

Jim Farrin, Executive Director; Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program; Jecrois Jean-Baptiste, Education Director, NJDOC.

Workshops B and C: In the Classroom. How to tutor effectively in prisons, with current/former students and volunteers.

Terrell Blount, Mountainview Program
; David Hammer, Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program; 
Sara Blair Matthews, Bucknell University
; Danielle Rousseau, Director, Boston University Prison Education Program; Jim Matesanz, Field Coordinator, Boston University Prison Education Program.

Workshop D: Reentry Programs. Discussing entrepreneurship programs and other reentry projects.

Dennis Porter, Founder, Prodigal Sons and Daughters; Bert Smith, CEO, Prison Entrepreneurship Program

1:30-2:50pm. Panel 4: Prison Advocacy

After learning about academic approaches and educational programs, what political steps can we take to make our voices heard and affect policy-makers’ decisions?

Liliana Segura, Editor, The Intercept, First Look Media
; Margaret Winter, Associate Director of the National Prison Project, ACLU Jeremy Haile, Federal Advocacy Council, The Sentencing Project.

3:00-4:00pm. Workshops E + F: Affecting Policy Change

How to campaign, lobby state and federal representatives, etc. Jeremy Haile, Federal Advocacy Council, The Sentencing Project; Margaret Winter, Associate Director of the National Prison Project, ACLU; Alan Rosenthal, Leadership at the Center for Community Alternatives; Scott Welfel, Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow, New Jersey Institute of Social Justice

Workshop G: How to Make Your Voice Heard

How to use various forms of media and journalism in order to begin engaging and effective conversations.
Liliana Segura, The Intercept, First Look Media; Pete Brook, Prison Photography.

5:30 – 7:00pm. Closing Address: 
Jim McGreevey,
 Executive Director, Jersey City Employment and Training Program Jobs Former Governor of New Jersey


Originally posted on Framework:

The California Medical Facility, a high-security prison in Vacaville, houses roughly 3,000 criminals: some in good health, some ill, some dying. The hospice is the oldest inside a California prison and one of the nation’s first. Two men formed a bond there: Freddy Garcia, serving a nine-year sentence for armed robbery and suffering from terminal colon cancer, had twice petitioned the state for a compassionate release and been turned down. Finally he was allowed to go home to die. Caring for him before his release was fellow inmate John Paul Madrona, one of Chaplain Keith Knauf’s Pastoral Care Workers, serving a life term for murder. Tending to my “little brother,” as Madrona called Garcia, helped him confront the terrible deed from his own past.

Read Kurt Streeter’s two-part series, “Care and atonement.”

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San Pedro Prison in La Paz, Bolivia is a singular type of prison. It accepts tourists. It also attracts professional photographers. For me, the story of San Pedro has always been the sporadic schedules of guided tours within the prison. First they are on, then they are off.

The very existence of images made by free-wheeling tourists tells us a lot more about the administration’s attitude to security, social priorities and moneymaking than the visit of any single photographer. One might presume that a professional photographer’s visit would be a rare thing  … if it wasn’t for the thousands of photographs made by amateurs.

Still, I like very much a few of Giovanni Cobianchi‘s portraits in his San Pedro Limbo series.



If these images from San Pedro interest you, consider looking at Toby BInder’s work I featured earlier this year in Photos of Infamous Bolivian Prison Go Beyond Common Tourist Snaps


It’s been three weeks since my last post. With Instagram as my witness, I was recharging down in Baja. The fish tacos, jellyfish stings, manta-ray hunt, whale-shark mind-meld and beach-camping all served to refresh body and brain.

Let normal blogging resume.

Above: Scorpion we picked up in our firewood, Ligui, Baja California Sur.


I recently sent out the last of the goodies to the Prison Photography on the Road (PPOTR) funders. The packages included the PPOTR Mixtape (actually a CD) and I wanted to share its content with the wider world too.

On the road, I went through hundreds of CDs while driving those 12,500 miles, but I kept coming back to a compilation of soul put together – shortly before my departure – by my good friend Brendan Seibel. He used to work at Amoeba Records and in the realm of music, has forgotten more than I will ever know. Thank you Brendan.


Track 1

Lette Mbulu – Kube

Track 2

Jean Wells – Have a Little Mercy

Track 3

Fabulous Denos – Bad Girl

Track 4

Betty James – I’m Not Mixed Up Anymore

No Youtube clip for this one, but some background here and MPS here.

Track 5

Johnny Watson – I Say, I Love You

Track 6

Lee Shot Williams – You’re Welcome to the Club

Track 7

Apagya Show Band – Kwaku Ananse

Track 8

The Psychedelic Aliens – We’re Laughing

Track 9

Horace Andy – Skylarking

Track 10

Jennifer Lara – Consider Me

Track 11

Angela Prince – No Bother With No Fuss

Track 12

Burning Spear – Fire Down Below

Track 13

John Holt – Strange Things

Track 14

Charlotte Dada – Don’t Let Me Down

Track 15

Rosemary – Not Much (Do You Baby)

Track 16

Albert King – Had You Told It Like It Was (I Wouldn’t Be Like It Is)

Track 17

Johnny Knight – Little Ann

No Youtube or MPS for Little Ann, so Knight’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Guitar acts as substitute.

Track 18

Freddy King – Now I’ve Got A Woman

Track 19

Sinner Strong – Don’t Knock It

Track 20

Little Willie John – I’m Shakin’

Track 21

Sam & Bill – I Feel Like Cryin’

Track 22

Marion Black – Who Knows

Track 23

Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole – Arte Bella

Track 24

Freddie McGregor – Bobby Bobylon

Track 25

Jerry Jones – There’s a Chance for Me

Track 26

Mahmoud Ahmed – Gizié Dègu Nègèr

Listen here.

Track 27

Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band – Bukom Mashie

They’d probably get in the England squad.


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