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Prison Mathematics Project- Essay Project: The Value of Higher Education Within Prisons by Joshua Phillips

Prison Mathematics Project- Essay Project: The Value of Higher Education Within Prisons by Joshua Phillips My name is Joshua Phillips, also known as #874060 in the Washington State DOC. My friends call me Josh. I’ve been incarcerated for about 13.5 years. The day I went to jail was November 3,2008. I was poor, from a …

Prison Mathematics Project- Essay Project: The Value of Higher Education Within Prisons by Randy Brennan

Prison Mathematics Project- Essay Project: The Value of Higher Education Within Prisons by Randy Brennan by Randy Brennan, 18 years Nineteen years old, barely literate, and despondently ignorant of my aptitude for education, I showed up to prison angry and resistant to positive change. After completing the “mandatory” Basic Education (GED) tests in 2005, I …

Justice’s Evolution…

Justice’s Evolution… The other day I got into a great philosophical discussion with a friend about the evolution of justice. Most people understand that crime and punishment can be tempered with redemption and forgiveness and that these are the biggest elements of justice, but there was an interesting topic about law and how laws factor …

The Hinckley Hypocrisy Follow Up…

The Hinckley Hypocrisy Follow Up… Last June, I wrote a piece about the backlash over John Hinckley Jr’s growing popularity on his YouTube channel, where he plays guitar and sings music that he wrote. The Hinckley backlash was over the fact that he had tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in the early 80’s and …

What Makes “Rehabilitated”?

What Makes “Rehabilitated”? Have you ever asked yourself, “What makes ‘rehabilitated’?” Recently, I have been asked by a couple of free world people how to trust that someone is rehabilitated after a criminal conviction. It’s an important question, but it comes with a complex catch… My counter question is, “Where do your values lie? That’s …

Image After Image…A Prisoners View on the War in Ukraine

Image After Image… I follow the war in Ukraine pretty closely on the news and I’m heartbroken by image after image. Oddly, its atrocities are the only thing that all the media outlets can seem to agree on. The longer the war rages on, I find myself wondering, “What if Ukraine survives all of this? …