Dieting in Prison, a Joke.
If at every doctor's appointment we are told we are overweight and need to lose some, how are we to do such with what we are given to work with? For each of the three meals provided daily, the portion of starch is undeniably the largest! Lose weight? Caloric intake seems to simply be a number to abide by, even though the servings are disproportionate. They just slap something on the tray for the sake of the job. Just to say, "Hey, we did feed them today!" Even though the ve
The Daily Microaggressions Experienced in Prison
For people who have been abused, myself included, to be antagonized by someone in authority is traumatizing! Those put in place to protect you, should never be the ones to attempt to humiliate you. Being placed in a situation such as incarceration is humiliating enough! I think that much of law enforcement within these walls, and on the outside as well, too often forget that we are still human beings and that no one is above the law. No one has the right to be abusive to an
The "Conscience" Objective
As the Virginia Prison Justice Network (VAPJN) grows, the need for support and participation from prisoners and their families cannot be understated. The truth is that without prisoners as the engine to run this machine, it will not work. This is where the hard work comes in. The difficult part has not been bringing together the organizations that fight for prison and criminal justice reform, the seemingly insurmountable task is getting prisoners to care about the politics an