All Articles: Human Interest

Canadian prisons offer healing for incarcerated mothers through writing

By Jesse Vasquez Crafts groups and writing sessions help incarcerated mothers in Canadian prisons cope with separation and understand their life experiences, according to research by Magali Henry, a Masters student at Concordia University Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Nine incarcerated mothers in a weaving class shared their experiences with Henry for the study. “The findings of […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

MOM. Me and my wife Chris just wanted to say Happy Mother’s Day and we love you dearly. Jimbo & Chris Kale Mother’s Day is a special day because it’s a day to thank your mom for her struggle to bring you up right. I love my mom, Ida because she put up with so […]

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Historian on the Yard

By Casey Burke Mainline prisoners have been baffled with the unknown identity of young women strolling around in their mist the past few months. Is she a cop, a counselor, a nurse, or what? Has been asked silently by all. The News was able to track down this elusive mystery person to reveal her identity […]

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$20 bill – still another struggle for Harriet Tubman

By Rahsaan Thomas Donald Trump’s election raises questions as to whether Harriet Tubman’s face will grace the new $20 bill, the Philadelphia Tribune reports. After listening to the voices of thousands of Americans, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew decided last year to replace the images of Andrew Jackson, who owned slaves, with Harriet Tubman, […]

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Incarcerated mothers can reduce children’s risky behaviors with communication

By Charles David Henry Many incarcerated mothers can help prevent risky behavior in their adolescent children by how they communicate with them. Separation may be linked to higher levels of anxiety and depression, a study published by the Johns Hopkins University Press revealed.  The U.S. ranks first in the world in the incarceration of women.  […]

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Father and son bond over experiences of San Quentin

By Marcus Henderson Anthony Ammons Sr. and Jr. not only share the same name. They also share the experience of being prisoners in San Quentin State Prison. One in eight African American children has an incarcerated parent. In addition, before the age of 18, one in 10 children who has an incarcerated parent will be […]

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Prisons trying to help fathers re-establish relationships

By Harry C. Goodall Jr. There are 24 million children in America, and one out of three lives without their biological father in the home, the U.S. Census Bureau calculated. When the father is absent it can lead to the following: behavioral problems, abuse and neglect, infant mortality, substance abuse, dropping out of high school, […]

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Victims of sexual abuse speak words of forgiveness

By Rahsaan Thomas Many incarcerated people believe sexual crimes committed against women and children warrant extreme punishments, but two survivors of childhood sexual abuse visited San Quentin State Prison and spoke of therapy as a better solution. Chelsea Miller, who was molested as a child, and Keith DeBlasi, a sex trafficking victim, attended a Restorative […]

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Securus stalls efforts to reduce inmate telephone rates

By Kevin D. Sawyer Regulatory efforts to reduce the price of in-state telephone calls made by inmates were stalled by Securus Technologies, Inc. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) attempt to cap the rates at no more than $0.31 per minute was stayed by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after Securus […]

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CDCR’s new detection system clamps down on cell phones

By Noel Scott Two hundred and seventy-two Cellsense Plus detection systems will be provided to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by Metrasens and Global Tel*Link in an effort to rid state prisons of inmate-owned cell phones. The Cellsense Plus by Metrasens claims to be the most durable and effective tool in locating cell-phones, […]

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