Reviews and Blog Posts: prison

The walls around us

by Nova Ren Suma

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Wow...WOW. This is so. good. And dark, and twisted, and creepy...and strange. I loved the characters--their voices, and secrets. Even the characters who were liars, or existed only in the background. I loved the simultaneous tension and emptiness of the settings, both of them: the prison and the stage. And...

"L" is for lawless

by Sue Grafton

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Coming to the middle of the alphabet, Sue Grafton brings us L is for Lawless. Our clever detective, Kinsey Millhone, accidentally stumbles into an unbelievable mystery involving one recently deceased, chintzy grandfather and missing military benefits which leads to quite the tale of bank robbers and missing treasure while being...

Orange is the new black : my year in a woman's prison

by Piper Kerman

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Convicted for a bad mistake made a decade before, Piper Kerman heads to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut to serve out a fifteen month prison sentence for drug smuggling and money laundering.  Although the idea is intriguing, an upper-middle class educated white women, being sent to the live with...

Gun Hill Road

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This is the first full length feature film by Rashaad Ernesto Green and I can't wait for more. After being released from prison, Enrique returns home to his family in the Bronx. As he tries to resume head of household, he learns his teenage son Michael is transitioning to Vanessa...

Soul on ice

by Eldridge Cleaver

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Soul on Ice is pure expression. It's raw, it's frightening, at times it's repulsive; yet somehow Cleaver was able to lay the groundwork for a piece that is ultimately hopeful and encouraging, a piece that's representative of the time and place from which it grew. By providing a lyrical look...

Resources For Ex-Offenders

Did you know:
It costs an average of $28,759 a year to house someone in prison.
The size of Colorado’s prison population has increased four-fold in the past 20 years and is expected to grow to over 27,000 people by 2013.
For those released on mandatory parole in Colorado, 65% will be returned to prison within three years.

The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization that was formed to halt the exponential growth in the state prison population and to advocate for reintegration and alternatives to prison.  Their 200-page book Go: Getting on After Getting Out provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities.

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