Compassion: Even for Dying Prisoners

By Boston Woodard A Massachusetts law passed in April allows the early release of dying prisoners. Alexander Phillips, housed in a medium-security prison in Norfolk, had his appeal for a compassionate release rejected. Phillips, a...

Book Review: In the Key of Love

By Boston Woodard By far, the most widely practiced method of passing time in any prison is reading. Reading in prison is a failsafe way of escaping without negative consequences. Prisoners are voracious bookworms that...

Immigrant Detainees: What Happens After Arrest

By Boston Woodard During a six-week extradition beginning in California on March 20, 2017, and ending May 4, 2017, in Massachusetts, I witnessed a small part of President Donald Trump’s war on immigrants. Many of...

The Stink of Injustice

By Boston Woodard “I’m sittin’ here lonely like a broken man, serve my time doing the best I can, walls and bars they surround me, but I don’t want no sympathy.” —Grand Funk Railroad I remember those lyrics from...

Art by Prisoners Exhibited in Downtown Fresno

By Peter Maiden One would think that art created by inmates in a facility such as Avenal State Prison would hang, at best, on a wall near the chow line. However, Doug Snell, a lieutenant...

Still Imprisoned

By Boston Woodard During my youth, I was no doubt the poster child for irredeemable miscreants. I was a young thug running wild, unchecked, with no respect for others. I was a criminal. In 1973,...

Why Boston Woodard Does Not Have an Article in this Month’s Newspaper

By Mike Rhodes Boston Woodard was paroled from the California prison system in March of this year but was immediately transferred to the Solano County jail, held on unknown charges. Many readers of this...

EOP-Music Program

By Boston Woodard Over the decades, music programs in prison have been part of the rehabilitation process for many men and women throughout California. It all began in the 1940’s when warden Clinton Truman Duffy,...

Former Community Alliance Editor Visits State Prison Creative Writing Guild

By Boston Woodard It was great to meet my friend of 12 years for the first time. Mike Rhodes, former editor of the Community Alliance and author of Dispatches From The War Zone, spoke to...

Putting Mice Before Men

The following poems were written by individuals incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, CA and Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, CA. Some of the authors are poetry and drama students from the Alliance...

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