Since the high court ordered California to reduce its prison population, Governor Brown was forced to take action. The result was realignment.
As a prisoner, I am not allowed to participate in free and fair elections, notwithstanding the enormous influence political elections have over my life.
Of the five years Douglas will serve in the prison system, the next few months will be the worst. The most difficult aspect of entanglements with the criminal justice system is the unknown.
Until we make prisoner rehabilitation and redemption real and institutional, we're teaching people how to be comfortable in prison, and they'll keep coming back for longer and longer.