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RA for Charles Hamilton Institute

The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard is looking for research help on projects related to commutation and pending three-strikes legislation in Massachusetts. If you’re interested, see more here.

PLAP swag clearance sale!

Love PLAP? Need holiday presents? We’ve got a bunch of extra PLAP gear from previous years to sell at discounted prices! See photos of the basic styles below or check them out in person at the PLAP office. Get ’em while they last!

Support Families Against Mandatory Minimums

…while you shop! From FAMM:

The holiday shopping season is upon us … and so is the perfect opportunity to support FAMM!! When you shop online at Amazon using FAMM’s unique Amazon link, FAMM will receive a percentage of the proceeds from everything you buy. It’s that simple!

Click here for FAMM’s Amazon page, or click the button on the right. The webpage will look just like the standard Amazon page, but trust me, every time you shop through this link, a portion of the proceeds will go to FAMM.

I suggest that you do what I’ve done and bookmark the link in your browser as “Amazon” so you remember to use it every time you shop. It’s an easy way to purchase great gifts and support FAMM at the same time.

Julie Stewart

Reading of The Castle: play by former inmates

Venturing Out writes,

“Originally written and performed Off-Broadway by four ex-offenders, The Castle interweaves their real life stories from childhood to crime to creating straight and sober lives filled with hope and courage. Through emotionally compelling monologues, the play conveys a powerful message about the challenges that ex-offenders face and societal treatment of people coming out of prison.

The Castle is the first off-Broadway play to be comprised entirely of formerly incarcerated actors.”

The staged reading will be performed on December 8 as part of a fundraiser for Venturing Out, a Wellesley based non-profit dedicated to developing entrepreneurship among incarcerated and court-involved adults and high-risk youth.

Tickets can be purchased here and more details can be found here.

Isolation in California’s prisons

Photo: Hallway in the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison. Photo by Rina Palta.

This story from San Francisco’s KALW follows the experience of one man inside California’s notorious “hole,” or secure housing units.

Welcome to America

From the NAACP.

October 5: FAMM national call-in day

From Families Against Mandatory Minimums:

On Wednesday, October 5, FAMM members will join other national organizations and thousands of people across the country in a National Call-In Day. People across the country will call Senate leadership – Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – and ask them to make the criminal justice system more fair, support public safety and reduce costs to taxpayers by passing S. 306, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act.

S. 306 would create a bipartisan commission to review current criminal justice policies and make recommendations for system-wide reform. We believe that any review of the criminal justice system will necessarily include a review (and rejection) of mandatory minimums.

Talking points and contact info available here.

The Justice Show

This audio story produced for the Third Coast International Audio Festival blew my mind. It’s advertised as a tale of “justice, injustice, redemption and pralines” and focuses on the real, full lives of those behind bars. Incredibly well-edited and enlightening.

NYT: Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors

As the New York Times reports today,

After decades of new laws to toughen sentencing for criminals, prosecutors have gained greater leverage to extract guilty pleas from defendants and reduce the number of cases that go to trial, often by using the threat of more serious charges with mandatory sentences or other harsher penalties.

Read full article here.

The Interrupters

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The Interrupters is a stunning documentary that follows a year in Chicago as the city struggles with crippling youth violence, and the work of the CeaseFire “violence interrupters.” It’s showing now at the Kendall Square theater, and is truly not to be missed.

More at the film’s website here.

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