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Creating True Safety and Healing

Data suggests that prison is not an effective deterrent.

  • 02/25/2021
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Life After Prison

Two formerly incarcerated women share their stories.

  • 02/25/2021
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Learning How to Be an Ally: Reforming Policing & Punishment

How do we reimagine the work of reducing poverty, supporting mental health services, and dealing with trauma to minimize substance abuse and violence, in order to diminish the need for police to step in as an end to those consequences?

  • 02/25/2021
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Learning How to Be an Ally: Trauma-Informed

This section is in process Related stories now online:

  • 02/24/2021
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LEGACY STORIES: System of Crime & Punishment

1987: “A lot of it is chemical dependency problems and economic problems. It’s unfortunate that we don’t intervene in a meaningful way [first].”

  • 02/24/2021
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Reform Within Shakopee Women’s Prison

From 2013 to 2020, women imprisoned while pregnant had not committed a new crime — 77 percent had been incarcerated for a technical violation, such as violating parole by not checking in with a probation officer.

  • 02/23/2021
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Interactive Book Discussion Guide: “The New Jim Crow,” by Michelle Alexander

If this new format elicits reactions, we will continue with this book in subsequent discussion guides, and apply this concept to other books in the future.

  • 02/20/2021
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The Prison Cell is Everywhere

Surveillance, AI, and the Future of Oppression

  • 11/25/2020
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Releasing Secrets

I began to write, and reach out to, and speak up for those who share dark experiences.

  • 10/24/2020
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The Cycle of Our Justice

“A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.” — Cheyenne proverb  Shakopee Women’s Prison

  • 07/01/2019
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We Are All Criminals

Baxter’s juxtaposition of photographs and stories reveals how much race and privilege affect which future a person might have after making a mistake. As she reveals, we are all criminals; some simply get penalized differently than others, and are restricted from growing past their mistakes.

  • 10/01/2018

Heather Lindstrom: Working with special-needs inmates

Photograph courtesy of Heather Lindstrom. “My day is never the same thing twice. I could plan it out, but it

  • 07/01/2016