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Wake Up

I recently read an article in Time Magazine about a robot that tells jokes. So the research and development of artificial intelligence is alive and well. What I found intriguing was at the robot was able to learn how to use its preprogrammed material, based on the audience’s laughter. Innocuous, right? But it got me ...

Prison Points of View: Lethal Weapon: False Allegations

What kind of person forces themselves onto another? I mean, how does that mind work? To force another person to comply… It amazes me how often I see it. I am not talking about the crime of rape. That is only one of the obvious and relatively rare examples of this phenomenon. I am wondering how ...

Prison Points of View: Mental Health Treatment

It is a well-known fact that prisons and jails have been the catch basin for the mentally ill for decades. Equally familiar is the manner in which the government’s War on Drugs has disproportionately targeted the poor and addicted and yet almost never busts the real players in the game. Addiction is often closely related ...

Prison Points of View: Racism in American CulturePrison Points of View: Racism in American  Culture

There has been quite a bit of debate lately about Critical Race Theory, discrimination, its place in the “system” and the like. Many valid points have been made on both sides. It’s tough to talk about. No one, intelligent, wants to be seen as a bigoted, ignorant racist; and no one wants to be discriminated ...

Prison Points of View: Dogs Have it Better than Humans

It is a damnable paradox that those of us who are aware of the need for change are the least able to affect it. This has been true throughout history and throughout the world. It is no less true today here in prison. It can often be frustratingly confusing how the general population is either ...

Prison Points of View: The 1st 30 Days

The first 30 days in prison will go by excruciatingly slowly and distressingly fast.  So much happens when you first arrive, time seems to stop. Having at least an idea of the kind of experience you may have will go a long way in helping you deal with it all. This article has the intended ...

Prison Points of View: 9 Things to Know About Prison

Before the judge pounds the gavel and sends you off to live in a cage, there are a few things you ought to know. Depending on your cage, it could save your life. Take heed because this information will make your life easier no matter where your cage is. From Leavenworth, Kansas to San Quentin, ...

The Trial

We’ve talked about different parts of the process from arrest to pretrial hearings.  Today we will take it one step further and talk about the trial.  So you did not plead out. Well, now you’re going to trial. Unless you have done this a lot,  you’re going to be more stressed than a long-tailed cat in ...

Prison Points of View: Mental Illness in the Joint

One of the greatest challenges a prisoner will face is mental illness. It is such a powerful force in one’s life, that left unchecked, mental illness can be devastating. Because of the spectrum of illnesses and the unique way they manifest in individuals, it’s difficult to explain, with any gravity, the scope of the problems. ...

Racism Abound in the NH Court

If you are a black man in prison in the State of New Hampshire apparently punishment is much more important than rehabilitation. At least according to Judge Diane Nicolosi. When Tony went for his sentence reduction (RSA 651:20) he was told “deterrence and punishment are important goals of sentencing”  and “the weight of each ...

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