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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

2014 Changemaker: Erica Gerrity and Isis Rising

Building a coalition to pass legislation to support pregnant women and new mothers in Minnesota prisons and jails

  • 12/02/2015

Artist Lori Greene: Mosaic

“I think I wanted to understand who people in prison are. What I discovered is that they really are just people.”

  • 02/02/2014

What a doula can do

For expectant mothers behind bars, Isis Rising offers much-needed support. “I absolutely believe that every single woman, regardless of her place in life or the choices she made, has the right to have a healthy, positive birth experience for herself and for her baby.”

  • 02/02/2014

Sarah Walker is a sociologist-turned-advocate-turned-lobbyist-turned-reformer

“If you have not received adequate education, adequate mental health services, you face racial discrimination – all of those cumulative disparities come together in the criminal justice system.”

  • 02/02/2014

Deborah Jiang Stein’s unPrison Project

“Do you think I’m weak? It takes real strength to say that you need help.”

  • 11/02/2012

Second-chance gardener

“You have been given a second chance, and it would be a shame to waste it.”

  • 05/02/2012

2010 Changemaker: The Reentry Clinic

“We’re here to stabilize and support people in the choices they make. … be supportive but also hold people accountable.”

  • 12/02/2010

The political is personal

Juliana Hu Pegues’ political involvement and cultural identity have informed her work from the beginning

  • 06/02/2008