If a vindictive, biased justice system is irreconcilable with the Gospel, what is a Christian to do? The answer is first to get outraged -- a perfectly Christian emotion if it next leads to action that helps the powerless in their struggle for justice.
Through decades of passing laws and supporting policies that have filled our prisons with an unprecedented number of inmates, we have built a prison health care system without asking difficult and yet fundamental questions about what we have created.
It's time to demand that local laws be held to the standard of state and federal law. Doing so may be a start to fixing how local law enforcement treats commercially sexually exploited and trafficked people of all ages.
More than anything, Susan has created a place without judgment. She believes these women are worthwhile. She believes given opportunities and support, they will not return to prison. And, overwhelmingly, they don't.
Eleven years ago, I set out on an adventure to tell the story of Mark DeFriest, an infamous and brilliant prison escape artist who had earned the title "Houdini of Florida" and has spent 27 of the last 32 years in prison for his escapes and disciplinary infractions.
The only thing which will improve our present condition is the taming of our fear. We must act on courage. Courage to think differently, speak loudly, and challenge directly the systems which we know to be unjust.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections saw the problem and built a supportive housing program for the men and women coming out of Ohio's prisons that would help keep them housed, healthy and stable.
Reilly's implication that we want prisoners to continue to mete out street justice while locked up sends a mixed message of the worst kind. Let's not set these men up for failure by implying that violence is acceptable, expected, and that they're good for nothing else.
Supporting trans and queer prisoners is a crucial way we can continue the legacy of liberation-minded people like Angela Davis and Sylvia Rivera. We need to work toward a world where no one has to come out once, and definitely not twice.
During the decades I've served, I have learned that to expect justice from this system is absurd. Justice would provide mechanisms that would encourage individuals to work toward reconciling with society and earning graduating increases in liberty.