Prison Reform

Exploring the U.S. Prison System: Documentaries, Books and More

The following, originally posted on Internet Archive Blogs, is a brief list of resources ideal for becoming acquainted with the U.S. prison system, including some history. DOCUMENTARIES • Women in Prison Part 1 and Part 2 • AIDS in Prison Part 1 and Part 2 AUDIO • Life After Prison (KXJZ Radio) Advertisements

Leon Benson | Shakespeare in the SHU | Wabash SHU Solitary Confinement

Voices from Solitary, Analyzing Isolation

This post is the next in a series of pieces Solitary Watch is publishing as part of a project calling for people held in solitary confinement to write on various proposed themes. Our second suggested theme, “Analyzing Isolation,” calls for writers to provide their analyses of solitary, discussing ways in which the practice is harmful and counterproductive. …


ACTION ALERT: William Van Poyck: Sentenced under false pretenses, yet scheduled to be executed in MINUTES

Sentenced under false pretenses, William Van Poyck has spent the last 26 years held in solitary on Florida’s death row for a murder he did not commit. Poyck is scheduled to be executed in minutes.  SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: TAKE ACTION! 1) Contact Florida Governor Rick Scott and tell him what you think. (850) 488-7146 (Email: 2) Sign the petition…


Poetry from Prison: “Rare Breed”

September 7, 2011 | by Derek Lindsay | Originally posted on voicesfromthecracks Rare Breed When someone asks me, “what happened?” Their like, “you know, with that or this.” I say “oh, I didn’t tell you? Because, it’s none of your business”! Want to know how to find out if someone’s real? I’ve got a suggestion, that’s…


Uma Sentença Pior do que a Morte

Originally posted on Revista Pittacos:
[William Blake,Voices from Solitary]  O norte-americano William Blake tinha 23 anos quando foi preso com drogas. Ao tentar escapar do tribunal onde estava sendo julgado, atirou e matou um policial. Condenado à prisão perpétua, vem desde então cumprindo sua pena numa “solitária” – já são 25 anos ininterruptos. O texto…


Voices from Solitary: The Louder My Voice the Deeper They Bury Me

April 11, 2013 | Lisa Dawson | Solitary Watch The following poem is by Herman Wallace, who has been held in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s prison system for almost 41 years, mostly in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola. Convicted of killing a guard at Angola, Wallace and fellow prisoner Albert Woodfox, both members of the…


Voices from Solitary: A Sentence Worse Than Death

The following piece was originally published on Solitary Watch.  After the story published, I wrote to Billy Blake (the author of the essay presented below) to let him know of his essay’s huge popularity. In response, I received a 40-page letter in which Blake expressed how thrilled he is that people are interested in his…