Posts Tagged as "mass incarceration"

Words of Incarceration: Poems from #SchoolsnotPrisons Merced

July 11, 2017 / By
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I’ll tell you I looked my name up recently, its something I do periodically, to see what shows up. I found some 10+ arrests on the initial search. I didn’t even bother with aliases or convictions. Suffice it to say, court records will outlive us all.

Q&A: ‘He’s Still My Super Hero’ — An Interview With My Incarcerated Father

April 13, 2017 / By
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Because of his circumstance, it was impossible for him to ‘pick himself up by the bootstraps’ and be ‘successful.’ But despite his incarceration, he has always been there for me, even if we only see each other through a window or speak on the phone during visits. This tall, quiet, soft spoken, funny man is the person I most admire. His piercing blue eyes that reflect the sadness in his soul from all the trauma he endured. My dad is my role model because he holds on to hope that we will be reunited one day. Because he is determined to love me when he was never loved. And because, even though he has been through so much, he is willing to help others.

We’Ced Weighs In: 13th and the Road to Mass Incarceration

October 31, 2016 / By
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Modern incarceration has become a privatized business due to the 13th Amendment. However, mass incarceration is just a fancy term for a modern day slave trade that produces JCPenney clothing and vanity plates for the DMV. Today’s world activists are being arrested and killed, just as people were in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. If we are to follow Trump’s perfect America, we will fall back into the hatred-filled time of the 60’s.

Crushed Hopes and Empty Chairs: A Letter to Merced Law Enforcement Officials

October 27, 2016 / By
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I understand officials have lives of their own or may have pre-scheduled events, but notifying the community of your absence would be the respectful thing to do, especially when you claim to want to be transparent with the community.

Merced County jail conditions exact a heavy price on local families

September 26, 2016 / By
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Castillo is one of several community members participating in solidarity with loved ones behind bars. Her husband, Richard Castillo, is currently being held at Merced County Jail while he fights charges of evasion. He’s been there since early 2013 and is facing life, partially due to gang enhancements which can add years and even decades to a sentence.