Unjust U.S. Prison System Needs Reform

Multiple studies reveal that our current U.S. legal system negatively impacts communities of color. A disproportionate number of people of color face both prison time and capital punishment. According to a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Justice, 67.8 percent of...

Spiritual Training and Soul Care for Texas Prisoners

Robert Parham recently interviewed former president Jimmy Carter on Christians’ moral responsibility regarding just treatment of prisoners. Carter lamented that Christians are often more focused on retribution than on soul care of inmates. Carter said that...

Prisoner’s Long Journey from Bondage to Liberation

If all goes according to schedule today, Michael Santos will walk out of a federal prison in California after serving more than 25 years of a 45-year sentence for distributing and selling cocaine. A column a year ago outlined the remarkable story of his inordinately...

Drug War Shifts to Maine’s Jails and Prisons

A man with a fake wig and beard walked into the CVS Pharmacy at Stone Street in Augusta, Maine, on May 8, handed the pharmacist a note and walked out with 2,154 30mg Oxycodone pills. The street value is $75,000. He had two options: Make a few cell calls and lay off...