Prison

King County voters approved it, but activists still search for alternatives to new youth detention

Activists, policy-makers, youth, and mental health professionals speak out against the construction of a new youth jail in King County.

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Real Change News

Political Prisoner Marshall Eddie Conway Released After 44 Years

Incarcerated activist and founder of AFSC's Friend of a Friend program is released from prison after 44 years.

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Truthout

AFSC launches restorative justice project in Michigan

Ron Simpson and Pete Martel, AFSC Michigan

Ron Simpson and Pete Martel, AFSC Michigan

Ron Simpson, left, and Pete Martel work with AFSC Michigan's Criminal Justice Program.

The Lifer Intern Project of AFSC in Michigan is embarking on an ambitious, long-term project in which restorative justice practices and principles are applied through various programs to offenders serving life sentences and long-indeterminate-sentences (LIDs) in Michigan prisons. The purpose of restorative justice in prisons is to assist with the offender's rehabilitation and eventual reintegration into society.

Death Yards: Continuing Problems with Arizona's Correctional Health Care

AFSC's new report outlines illegal and deadly mistreatment of Arizona inmates whose medical care the state contracted out to the country’s largest private prison health care provider. 

Why care about people in prison?

Interns with AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan share their thoughts about prisons and why we should care about the people within them.

Taking compassion behind the walls

A pastor friend once said, “There is no love in prison.”

When you see the tall fences topped with razor wire, the guard towers and the dour faces of many who work behind the walls, it’s easy to feel that way. There’s an oppressive air to prison. Punishment, like humidity, takes the heat and makes it unbearable.

Comrade Sunshine: Official Trailer #1

First official trailer for "Comrade Sunshine," the upcoming documentary film by Cameron Granadino about Dominque Stevenson and AFSC's Friend of a Friend program.

Blog: Reflections on the Lake and the Problem of Prison

Natalie Holbrook

Natalie Holbrook

Natalie Holbrook directs AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan.

Author Natalie Holbrook directs AFSC’s Criminal Justice Program in Michigan. Peter Martel is an AFSC Program Associate.

Reflections on the Lake

Natalie Holbrook

Natalie Holbrook

Natalie Holbrook directs AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan.

Youth asks West Virginia to reform prisons, for children's sake

Jasmine talking to Channel 13

Jasmine Murphy, sophmore at Logan High School, speaking up for prison reform 

Editor's note: Not long after Jasmine addressed the legislature, SB 379—the state's prison overcrowding billwas passed. It gives judges the authority to grant early releases to nonviolent offenders, categorizes offenders in terms of risks vs. needs and treating them appropriately, and addresses technical parole violations that shorten time spent back in prison.

“I want to share with you a little bit about my life because I hope that maybe if I speak up, people who make the decisions that affect so many people’s lives will listen.”

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