Reducing Recidivism and Expanding Economic Options By Supporting Pathways to Entrepreneurship for
Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers
Starting Up & Staying Out is a publication of the Center for an Urban Future. Researched and written by Lisa Armstrong with Eli Dvorkin. Edited by Eli Dvorkin, Laird Gallagher, and Jonathan Bowles. Additional research by Grace Bristol, Sophia Klein, Melissa Lent, Mikako Murphy, Therese Rodrigues, and Charles Shaviro. Designed by Stislow Design.
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The state of Texas has essentially controlled her son’s life since he was 11. The Texas Juvenile Justice Department was supposed to keep him safe and help him get better. It has failed at every turn.
During the pandemic, prison officials could have prevented sickness and death by releasing those who were most vulnerable to coronavirus and least likely to reoffend — older incarcerated people.
t first, Anthony Eaton ignored the moaning. He was twisting his budding dreadlocks in the bathroom of 1000 pod, a unit at the Deerfield Correctional Center in Capron, Virginia, when he heard a noise coming from a shower stall. In prison, Eaton said, you don’t investigate such things.
“It was a strange...
On Monday morning, I received a frantic message from a man at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.
“Lisa, this is crazy, a law library clerk just died,” wrote Bruce Bryant via JPay, an electronic mail system for people incarcerated at New York state prisons.
A few hours later, he added: “He was in isolation for a couple of weeks complaining about loss of breath, all they gave him was generic Tylenol, he supposedly had Covid 19, I think his name was Mosquero…It’s getting crazy, ...
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On Tuesday evening, Francisco Hernandez returned to his cell, put up the state-issued blanket he uses as a curtain, and wept. A few hours earlier, word had traveled through Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York, that Ramon Escobar, who’d been housed 11 cells away from Hernandez, had died of COVID-19.
The Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Escobar died of COVID-19. Escobar’s was the fourth COVID-19 death at t...
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Anthony Swain refused to sleep at night because he was afraid he’d stop breathing. Swain, 43, is a quadriplegic, having been shot in the spine during a home invasion when he was 20, and has a number of other ailments that have followed since.
Poor mental health care provided by for-profit companies has led to an increase in the number of suicides in prisons across the country, advocates say. This story focuses on Mariam Abdullah, who died by suicide in an AZ prison, and on others who recently died by suicide in AL. The ACLU and SPLC have filed lawsuits against the departments of correction in both states in part because of this issue.
Their friendship began on July 17, 2014, with whispered secrets shared through the vent in the wall that separated their cells.
Jessica Burlew remembers the exact date because she’d turned 17 the day before, the same day that Mariam Abdullah, then 16 and about to be charged as an adult with armed robbery, had been brought to Estrella Jail in Phoenix, Arizona.
When Abdullah arrived, shackled and belly chained, in the closed custody unit, where girls deemed incorrigible were held in their cells...
Charles Moore, an ex-inmate at Sing Sing who now works as a producer for RTA
As Charles Moore surveyed the room, the small black stage lit by late afternoon light streaming through the wall of windows overlooking the Hudson, he felt a mess of emotions. About 240 people, including staff from Senator Cory Booker’s office, choreographer Bill T. Jones, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., had come to see the play “Of Mice and Men,” and Moore, 52, wanted everything to be perfect. He ch...
ON ZERIOUS MEADOWS’S last day in prison, he woke up at 4 a.m., as usual, because his cell mate works in the kitchen and leaves early to prepare breakfast. He listened to the radio — a station that plays R&B and rap from “the time when it had meaning” — and then went about distributing the last of the items he’d accumulated in 47 years behind bars.
Meadows, 63, gave his television to an 18-year-old who had just arrived at Macomb Correctional Facility, in New Haven, Michigan, and his radio to one of the older inmates. Someone asked why he didn’t sell the radio — it’s a large, solid one, unlike
Jermaine Gotham was sixteen the first time he was locked in “the box.” He was then an inmate at the Cayuga County Jail, in Auburn, in central New York State, following his arrest on charges of robbery, burglary, and kidnapping. One afternoon in March of last year, after he was written up for entering another inmate’s cell without permission, he was sentenced to sixty days of solitary confinement.
I've been blessed to spend most of my life living and working in "shitholes."
I was born in New York, moved to Kenya when I was three and spent the next 12 years there. My parents are from Trinidad and Tobago – a country that's likely on President Trump's "shithole countries" list – and I reported in Haiti in the four years following the 2010 earthquake. My initial response to President Trump referring to Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries as "shithole countries," in a discussion on giving legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children, was fatigue. Deali
It was a late summer morning when Robert “Fat Daddy” Taylor woke up, smoked two blunts, and decided to turn himself in. He’d been on the run for four days, and it seemed that everywhere he went in and around the 7 Mile neighborhood on the east side of Detroit, there were photos of him in stores, and people quick to call the police, to claim the $1,000 reward for finding him.
“The streets talk,” Taylor told me recently. “Everybody was telling me, ‘Yo, Fats, man, those boys trying to get you.’ ...