BEYOND BARS: The Cruelty of Solitary Confinement

By Mwalimu S. Shakur Corcoran, CA Since the release of inmates from the Security Housing Units (SHU) in California prisons, the state (CDC.r) has allowed its guards, some of which used to be institutional gang investigations (IGI) to harass and provoke inmates into conflict on the GP yards, especially here at Corcoran prison, where a […]

BEYOND BARS: A Broken and Shattered System

By Chris Freeman New Boston, TX Most criminals grew up in circumstances of dire poverty, in families where one or both parents were abusive, and without the benefits of a proper education or away from home at a young age. We were forced to drift to the poor and slum areas of big cities and […]

BEYOND BARS: Re: Law as a Pathway to Character Development

By William A. Larson Licking, MO Mr. Phoenix’s commentary articulations in “Law as a Pathway to Character Development,” on page 19 of your Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Guild Notes, is “right on” point, as we used to say in days gone by. Far too many prisoners allow themselves to be turned into Quisling Sheople, by […]

BEYOND BARS: Dirty Lawyers and Crooked Judges

By Gabriel Arkles, NLG member and professor at Northeastern University School of Law Most defense attorneys—especially public defenders—are good people doing their best in a shitty system. And some are truly amazing. But there are some who flout the rules. These are the private lawyers who pressure you and your family to pay them your […]