Under construction for E-Symposium recordings

Soon we will place the E-symposium recordings in posts that can be found where you found this post. This E-Symposium recording area is currently under construction.  Check back later. Currently some of the E-symposium recordings can be found

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Clean Slate Legislation Will Give Fresh Start to Many Former Prisoners

November 18, 2019, 11:15 am Starting life over after leaving prison is difficult. I understand returning citizens face a lot of hurdles. Many prisoners have lost connections and relationships they had prior to coming to prison. Most have

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ANONYMOUS

February 10, 2019, 9:45 pm My story’s just too ugly to be told in public places. It’ll make you gasp, or cringe, or blush uncomfortably. It’ll probably make you angry, and rightfully so. I was controlling, cold-hearted, and cared only for

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Will someone please correct this journalist?!?

November 17, 2019, 6:48 pm Yuma, Arizona’s NBC News 11 just posted a horribly misleading article titled, “Released to Reoffend: News 11 investigates the sex offender next door.” The irresponsible news story makes the absurdly inaccurate statement that

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Can Someone Who Commits Murder Reform?

September 10, 2019, 11:08 am On September 7, 2019 NBC aired a special with Lester Holt on Angola prison in Louisiana. Angola is the largest prison in the United States, and it used to be considered the most

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How Do We Measure Remorse?

October 14, 2019, 12:40 am Everyone responds to shame and fear in different ways. Some responses are very visible and public. Others are private and unseen. This variety of responses is perhaps no more obvious than in how

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Radical Act of Forgiveness Makes National News

October 8, 2019, 10:13 am I used to love watching the news to stay caught up on current events. As a teenager and younger man, I had an interest in politics, so the news fed my interest. But

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Esymposium

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Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

August 7, 2019, 11:57 am Two more communities, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, were rocked this week by devastating acts of mass shooting violence. Dozens of people lost their lives, and many more were injured or deeply

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Forgiveness is not a pardon. But it is a refuge.

August 24, 2019, 10:39 am “The last time I’d touched Conor, my daughter was alive. I wanted my hug to convey my forgiveness and my love for him. I was immensely sad for this young man whose previous

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Ten Ways to Spend a Summer Afternoon in Prison

August 24, 2019, 10:43 am It’s true that there are no block parties, campouts, picnics, afternoons at the beach, or lazy evenings in the hammock sipping a cold beverage in prison. But beautiful weather and a relaxed attitude

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Social Isolation Contributes to Reoffending

September 4, 2019, 3:48 pm No society that fails to protect its citizens from exploitation and harm can long survive. So, crime has a stigma to it, and right it should. Citizens should be protected against crime. When

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Hurry Up and Matter!

September 17, 2019, 11:07 am The story is all-too familiar. The gavel slams as the sentence is handed down. Within days, the long and lonely trip to prison is punctuated by a razor wire topped gate slamming shut

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Michigan Courts Drag Their Feet on Complying with Supreme Court Ruling

September 23, 2019, 11:28 am In 2012 the US Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders were unconstitutional. In 2016 they ruled in Montgomery v. Louisiana that their prior decision should be applied

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Shaped by Our Memories and by Those We’ve Loved

September 29, 2019, 11:40 pm For every prisoner certain dates hold great significance, and often great sadness and longing. These dates might be special holidays that the prisoner shared with family–the cherished memories and realization of lost opportunities

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Rewarding Positive Behavior Promotes Reform in Prisoners

We have heard it from childhood: If you do the right thing, you are rewarded. If you do the wrong thing, you are punished. We are further socialized in this thinking when we earn college scholarships for good

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The WAR Call September 2019

This is the 4th edition of our Periodic Newsletter; a National publication from Women Against Registry. Click on the “Read More” link to view the pdf of the newsletter.

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The WAR Call September 2019 Condensed

This condensed edition of our newsletter is a B&W version with pictures and graphics removed. It is designed to be sent to prisons with restrictive mail limitations. Click on the “Read More” link to view the pdf of the newsletter.

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IL: Win – Federal Judge says internet case can proceed

September 26, 2019, 5:11 pm A Federal Judge in the Northern District of Illinois has DENIED the IL Department of Correction’s Motion to Dismiss in a case challenging the DOC’s policy of restricting internet access to parolees. The

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