Prison op/ed project
By Richard DuPonte on January 31, 2017
A small minority in our country has hijacked the political, economic and social discourse on immigration with their xenophobic and exclusionary views on anyone who looks or thinks differently.
By Montrel Daniels & Christopher Swiridowsky on January 26, 2017
Public Defenders are always knee-deep in a battle, tackling unmanageable caseloads, and trying to give each case the appropriate amount of attention, a task that is close to impossible.
By Richard DuPonte on December 11, 2016
Today a great cheer reverberates from a battlefield in North Dakota. This hard-earned reprieve came on December 4, when the US Army Corps of Engineers, who had previously approved the permits to parent company “Energy Transfer Partners,” blocked those permits to construct the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline.
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By Richard DuPonte on December 2, 2016
From behind prison walls, a consideration of and possible solution to the standoff at Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline, courtesy of the Prison Op/Ed Project.
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By Wayne Wright on March 31, 2016
To truly reintegrate former inmates back into society, and also cut down on recidivism, let’s first put people in a situation to flourish and not fail. As a person that’s been incarcerated for the last two decades, I’ve seen what works and what will not.
By Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on February 12, 2016
This fall, I visited a class of smart and engaged Rhode Island students. They seemed a lot like other students I’ve visited over the years: They asked good questions. They shared their experiences openly. They thought critically about what others said. They were respectful.
By David DuBois on February 10, 2016
“In 1978 I was 10 and living in Woonsocket during the great blizzard. The February storm dumped 58 inches of snow at my house, crippling the area. Days later, stories evolved, including my own positive experiences.”
By Devyn Kyle Garris on January 27, 2016
“We have been sold a deceptive story about education.”
By Derick Smith on January 19, 2016
Religious violence is endangering our society. Furthermore, violence is an oxymoron to most religions. Religious people are expected to have good morals, faith, and an understanding that they, as individuals, are a small part of the Lord’s big plan. Religions teach you that the Lord gives you free will, and that’s exactly what terrorists are […]
By Philip Randall on January 12, 2016
When browsing the library or bookstore, you will come across a section labeled “African-American”. Why are books by African-Americans put in their own section?
By Merissa Piccoli on December 15, 2015
Gender discrimination and the invisibility of women has been an issue in this world since before I was born. In my lifetime, I have seen attempts of changing this, steps toward gender equality. In my current situation, the invisibility of women is still an issue. I am currently doing a six-year sentence in the women’s […]
By James Poston on December 8, 2015
Recently some students at the University of Missouri said several African American were victims of racism. Students claimed that someone drew a Nazi symbol on the wall of a dormitory in feces, as well as other acts of racism, and that the administration did nothing to combat these issues. With 7 percent of the student […]
By David Brown on December 4, 2015
A few weeks ago I was watching the news when the story of a fourteen-year-old boy in Irving, Texas, was arrested and interrogated for bringing a homemade clock to school. His name is Ahmed Mohamed. As I sat watching this story I couldn’t help but think, what if he was white? What if he had […]
By Christopher Rocheleau and Adrian Rojas on November 24, 2015
We all have in our lifetime needed at least one second chance. The barriers that inmates face in the reentry process, for some, can be a life or death situation. Every year state and federal prisons release more than 650,000 people back into society, a population equal to the size of Boston. Rather than providing […]
By Christopher Marsich on November 10, 2015
“We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex,” said President Dwight Eisenhower, in his 1961 farewell address. “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” Ironically, President Eisenhower’s time in the White House was marred by a massive arms buildup spurred […]
By Danny Mercure on November 3, 2015
Was Myron Magnet a wise man and just a man, an accurate scholar who sees the true meaning behind all things? Or was he simply a golden child who puts himself atop so high a pedestal that it nearly collapses from the weight of all the nonsense he is filled with? For those of you […]
By Laura Baumgardner on October 27, 2015
As human beings, we all have a strong desire to feel important to the world around us. The intense need to feel like we matter has a strong hold on our lives. If that is positive or negative … well, that is up to you. The feeling of loneliness, in a world that gives us […]
By Ralph Orleck on September 29, 2015
Racial injustice. Voting. Prisons. Entitlements. Zero tolerance. These are but a few of the topics written about by inmates enrolled in the Community College of Rhode Island Introductory Sociology class taught by Meghan Kallman in the John J. Moran Medium Security facility.
By Christopher Marsich on July 31, 2015
Imagine a herd of sheep on the range, with each animal going off in a different direction and doing their own thing. It would be a rancher’s worst nightmare, and would surely make the business of ranching far more difficult. Prisoners are not sheep, but the prison guards that watch over us wouldn’t mind if […]
By Mustapha Bojang on July 21, 2015
Zero-tolerance policies were introduced into public schools in the 1990s, due to the rising rates of juvenile violence, according to the article, “The criminalization of school discipline in the USA”, by Paul Hirschfield. This zero-tolerance policy, he writes, also led to the importation of the criminal justice system into schools as a means of crime […]