Overcoming the Prison Epidemic

Prison Bar(code)

Baltimore City detention center has made headlines after a scandal revealed the inmates were running the show and had been employing guards to smuggle in cell phones, food and drugs. Mother Jones recently produced a list of the top 10 worst prisons and the horrors that occur within their walls. In Louisiana, one in 86 adults is in prison. After release, ex-offenders are 38 times more likely to be unemployed than non-offenders.

Violence in prisons is nothing new; any TV show from OZ to The Wire will tell you that. In 2003, Congress enacted the Prison Rape Elimination Act, …read more

Before Violence Starts

Last week I was watching the 11 o’clock news – as uncommon as it may be – it’s still the way I consume what’s happening (or rather making news) in Baltimore. It was an all too frequent night with a “late breaking news” report of a double shooting. Admittedly, I held my breath – not again, not here. Inside, I was hoping that at the very least it wasn’t too close to home. That somehow an incident farther away, where drug and gang activity ran reckless, would make it “easier” to make sense of it.Nope, not so lucky. More importantly, …read more

Keeping an Eye on Violence

Welleman

As we move into the New Year, the Eyes Wide Open team has decided to identify a theme for our posts over the next few months. As we discussed our widespread interests for this blog, which ranged from the global rape culture to the prison industrial complex, it became clear that the overarching theme of all our topics was violence. We wanted to share how we are defining violence as a way to highlight the connection between our posts and this theme.

The definition we are using for violence moving forward is based on the different instruments of …read more