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Witchhunt: I Was in Prison and You Visited Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Brenda and Scott Kniffen, a homemaker and an inventory manager of a diesel shop, were arrested and charged with sexually abusing their two young sons, Brian and B ...

A Must Read from Frederick Douglass
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of my heroes is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass" target="_blank">Frederick Douglass</a>. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly re ...

Tattoos and Bright Lights
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Chris Hoke Inside Guatemala's gang prisons. Sitting on a concrete floor in the middle of the prison gang ...

Shackling the Stranger
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Allison R. Johnson Rent-a-jails are no place for immigrants and asylum seekers. Behind a seemingly endless ser ...

Gangs, Nations: Same Thing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>In </em>Sojourners<em>' April issue, Tierra Neuva gang chaplain Chris Hoke <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0904&amp;artic ...

New Violence Takes Aim at Northern Ireland's Hard-Won Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On Saturday night, two young soldiers preparing to go to Afghanistan were murdered in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Four other people, including two men delivering pizzas, were injured. ...

Does Grace Abound to the Chief of Torturers?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the first day of the Obama administration, our newly elected president signed the order to close down Guatanamo. Scores of human rights advocates were in ecstasy. For those of us committed to peace ...

There's Just Something About Madea
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The first three screenings of Tyler Perry's new film, Madea Goes to Jail, that I tried to go to last week were sold out. When I finally did get a ticket, I had one of the last single seats in the ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

Stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>It was very humiliating to be handcuffed in front of my family's business, in front of customers and neighbors. It was very humiliating to be han ...

'They Told Me to Forget My Name. I Was Now Number 21'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Today is the sixth day of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/11/alhamdulillah-all-praise-to-god-philip-is-free/">freedom after my four-day imprisonment</a>. ...

Philip Rizk Describes Ordeal to NY Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We continue to give thanks to God for the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/11/alhamdulillah-all-praise-to-god-philip-is-free/">release of God's Politics contributor Philip Rizk</a& ...

Philip Rizk Disappearance Gets Major Coverage, But He Remains Missing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/philip-rizk/"></a>We at Sojourners continue to be deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of Philip Rizk, who was arrested and detained b ...

Free Philip Rizk! God's Politics Blogger Arrested by Egyptian Secret Police
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62997328834"></a>Friday evening I was in Washington D.C. and received an urgent message from Egypt. The major player in helping us ...

A Broken System
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi Prison Stats For the first t ...

Torture and the Currency of Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>In this land that has inherited through our forebears the noblest understandings of the rule of law, our government has deliberately chosen the way of barbarism ...</p> ...

Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This kind of feels close to an exercise in I-told-you-so, but for all the folks who assert that voting is a hopelessly corrupted exercise in irredeemable empire, consider as an indicator the testim ...

Israeli Intelligence Official's Daughter Jailed for Refusing Military Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081212-omer-goldman.jpg"></a>My name is Omer Goldman. I am 19 years old. I am one of the <a href="http://www.sojo.n ...

Equal-Access Programs
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christopher W. Fuerst Shame on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Prison Entrepreneurship Program for not accepting sex offe ...

Leaving Sing Sing
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Hans Hallundbaek Churches and ex-prisoners help each other find the way. With much anticipation I went to visi ...

World Prison Population
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez More than 9.25 million people in the world are held i ...

God Behind Bars
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:41am | Type: Magazine Article

Nancy Hastings Sehested In the prison-industrial complex, is there hope for redemption? If I threw open my arm ...

Goodness of Mercy
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Mendez BronxConnect shows there's a better alternative to throwing youth in jail. Criminal behav ...

Who Does the Time?
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Fennelly Families and communities pay a steep price for imprisonment rates. Is it really just my fathe ...

Who's In Your Jail?
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Magazine Article

James Ferguson In May, the Institute on Women and Criminal Justice released a report on the growth of the number of women in prison in th ...

New Readings
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeshua Erickson Bob Ekblad has been reading the Bible with people who live on the margins—Chicano gang members, prison inmates, and undocu ...

Inside Man
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 5:04pm | Type: Magazine Article

Glenn Kumekawa A Japanese-American internment camp survivor reflects on Guantanamo and the state of the U.S. Constitution. ...

Not Drunk, Just Not Sober
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Roth At its best the church is an "innocence project" for ourselves and others. Sometimes we ...

Votes in a Lockbox?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

James Ferguson There are currently 7 million adults under correctional supervision in the United States, 1.6 million more than in 1995, according to a recent Department of Justice ...

The Cost of Prisons
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Montgomery-Fate The remarkable thing about Renny Golden’s writing is that it provides a bridge of understanding between a silenced, d ...

Quality Time
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Holly Liebowitz Rossi The Amachi program gives people of faith the tools they need to make a difference for inmates' children. ...

Families Valued
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Brian Bolton Rabiye Kurnaz ( Rabiye Kurnaz (center), mother of German Guantanamo Ba ...

News Bites
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Brian Bolton It's On Me. Canada has cancelled the $750 million ...

Blast of the Divine
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Jens Soring What a Department of Corrections shotgun pellet taught me about centering prayer. The crazy thin ...

Seeing Green
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Why the penal system isn't colorblind. A recent University of Maryland study found t ...

With 'Friends' Like These
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 2:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kristin Ohlson Women's Re-entry Network in Cleveland is like many nonprofits—it is financially pinched and has a big-hearted but ove ...

The Families That Roared
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jodi Hochstedler Did you see the recent Essence article about Dorothy ...

Rebel Galileans
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Whettstone Jesus on the cross is best viewed as what that event concretely was, an imperial execution," says Mark Lewis Taylor ...

Love Stronger Than Steel
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rachel Spaght An experimental summer camp brings children together with their dads--in prison. The heart of a ...

The Waiting
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Raymond E. Williams My heart began to beat wildly; my mouth was as dry as the desert around me. Should I take time to go change my shirt? ...

A Punishing Decade
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Beiler The U.S. prison population passed the two million mark in February, provoking vigils and protests in more than 40 U.S. cities. ...

Clean Cruelty
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

William F. Schulz Disguising brutality in prisons. "I agree with you that we should not house juveniles w ...

Stone Upon Stone
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Hans Hallundbaek A remarkable new "seminary-behind-walls" program at Sing Sing prison helps to rebuild lives and offer hope. ...

The Still, Silent Voice
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julio Medina I could not escape the still, silent voice that gnawed at the core of my soul. It followed me wherever I went. ...

For Those Left Behind
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anthony Papa It was an extraordinary feeling to be set free after years of deprivation. It was an extraordinar ...

Making Crime Pay
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Fennelly For-profit prisons bring in the loot. Lots of people are getting rich on crime these days, but ...

A Word From Death Row
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Magazine Article

Rachel Johnson Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Live From Death Row, the new book by inmate Mu ...

Leaven of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Sue Penn Murder victims' families stand against the death penalty. Bill Pelke had come a long way ...

Profiting from Punishment
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Johnson When the 13th Amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, its drafters specified one exception: prisoners. ...