I frequently write about incarceration, gender and resistance. On occasion, I have also written about race and gender in dystopic science fiction as well as issues of diversity (or lack thereof) in contemporary literature. Below are a selection of some of these writings.
Lawmakers Fail to Fix New York’s Broken, Stingy Parole System, Village Voice, July 5.
$15 for 15 Minutes: How Courts Are Letting Prison Phone Companies Gouge Incarcerated People, The Intercept, June 16.
What’s New in HIV Criminalization: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Body, June 15.
‘Orange is the New Black’ Overlooks the Rich, Real-Life History in Prison, Rewire News, June 14.
This Former Inmate is Fighting for Every Prisoner’s Right to a College Degree, Narratively, June 6.
New York’s Parole System is ‘Broken,’ But Cuomo Can Help Fix It, Village Voice, June 5.
Women Imprisoned Under the Drug War Speak Out Against Sessions’ New Policy, Truthout, May 16.
Former Rikers Officer on the Culture of Violence: ‘It’s the Entire Judicial System,’ Village Voice, April 5.
‘Those Visits Were Everything’: How Prison Visitation Cuts Devastate Families, Broadly, March 22.
The Abuse Excuse: Dismissing Domestic Violence & Its Effects in the Criminal Court System, Rewire News, March 8.
After Seven Long Years, Freedom: An Interview with Marissa Alexander, Truthout, March 13.
Double Punishment: After Prison, Moms Face Legal Battle to Reunite with Kids, Truthout, February 26.
This Building Was Once a Notorious Women’s Prison. Now It’s Becoming a Center for Feminist Organizing, The Nation, February 22.
For Families Denied Clemency Under Obama, What Now? Truthout, February 19.
Taxi & Uber Drivers Protest the Uber-Trump Axis: “Your Loyalty Should Not Belong to an App,” Village Voice, February 3.
Why It Matters That an Imprisoned Domestic Violence Survivor Was Granted Clemency, The Nation, January 23.
A Mother, Serving 15 Years for Marijuana, Makes a Last-Minute Plea for Freedom, Broadly, January 17.
Can Understanding Neurobiology Provide a Better Approach to Working with Abuse Survivors? ReWire News, January 5.
For Thousands in NYS Prisons, Christmas is Just Another Day in Solitary Confinement, Village Voice, December 24, 2016.
“If This is a Problem, Don’t Come to Jail”: Pennsylvania Jail Sued Over Treatment of Pregnant Women, Rewire News, December 20, 2016.
A Desperate Hope for Clemency: Mothers in Federal Prison Pin Hopes on Obama, Truthout, December 16, 2016.
How Organizers Can, and Do, Make Conferences Accessible to Parents and Caregivers, Rewire News, December 5, 2016.
Behind Bars Since July, 15-Year-Old Bresha Meadows No Longer Faces a Life Sentence, Rewire News, December 2, 2016.
Hundreds of Students Report Bullying, Threats and Attacks in Weeks After Election, Truthout, December 1, 2016.
A Women’s Prison in Chelsea Will Be Transformed, Village Voice, November 21, 2016.
Advocates Say New Rule Doesn’t Do Enough to Prevent Rape at Rikers, Village Voice, November 15, 2016.
Documentary About NYC’s Island-Jail Complex ‘Represents What Rikers Truly Is,’ Rewire News, November 14, 2016.
Disenfranchised by Misinformation: Many Americans Are Allowed to Vote But Don’t Know It, Truthout, November 2, 2016.
New York Officials and Advocates Address City’s Ongoing Domestic Violence Homicide Crisis, Rewire News, October 28, 2016.
Solitary’s Over, But ‘Enhanced Supervision’ for Young Adults on Rikers Is Just Beginning, Village Voice, October 12, 2016.
“The System Abuses Us by Locking Us Up Forever”: Aging Survivors Behind Bars, Truthout, October 4, 2016.
These Women Are Demanding a Voice in the Criminal Justice Conversation, The Nation, September 26, 2016.
Paid Pennies for Their Work, Those Behind Bars Go on Strike, ReWire News, September 13, 2016.
‘Whatever Your Worst Fear Was, That Was Attica,’: Former Prisoners Ask Cuomo to Shut Down NY’s Infamous Prison, Village Voice, September 9, 2016.
As Obama’s Presidency Enters Final Months, Thousands Behind Bars Hope for Clemency, Truthout, September 2, 2016.
What Bresha Meadows, Arrested for Shooting Her Father After Reported Abuse, Faces Next, ReWire News, August 25, 2016.
Private Prisons Are Far From Ended: 62 Percent of Immigrant Detainees Are in Privatized Jails, Truthout, August 19, 2016.
Suicide of 70-Year-Old John Mackenzie After 10th Parole Denial Illustrates Broken System, Village Voice, August 9, 2016.
Beyond Incarceration: What Could Accountability Look Like in Police Killings? Bitchmedia, July 19, 2016.
People with HIV Share Strategies for Outspoken and Unrelenting Advocacy, The Body, July 13, 2016.
In Quest to End HIV Criminalization, Advocates Choose Their Words Carefully, The Body, July 13, 2016.
Four Deadline Extensions Later, Teenagers Still Locked Up in Solitary at Rikers Island, Village Voice, July 13, 2016.
HIV Advocates Turn to Parole Reform, Seeking Release of Aging Prisoners, The Body, July 12, 2016.
‘Death Came Every Week’: How Prisoners Overcame Early HIV/AIDS Stigma Through Community Education, The Body, July 12, 2016.
What ‘Orange is the New Black’ Missed About the Obstacles Faced After Prison, ReWire News, July 11, 2016.
From HIV Criminalization to Restorative Justice: Christian Hui on Tackling Criminalization, The Body, July 6, 2016.
Who’s Hurt by the Supreme Court Deadlocking on Immigration? Millions of Families. Bitchmedia, June 24, 2016.
“People Are Being Tortured in These Units”: The Fight Against Solitary Confinement, Truthout, June 21, 2016.
Prison Overcrowding in ‘Orange is the New Black’ Reflect a Real-Life Crisis, Rewire News, June 21, 2016.
Aging, Sick and Incarcerated: The Need for Compassionate Release, Truthout, June 18, 2016.
Pregnant Women are Being Shackled in Massachusetts, Even Though It’s Been Illegal for Years, ReWire News, June 15, 2016.
Activists Win Overhaul of Colorado’s HIV Criminalization Laws, The Body, May 24, 2016.
Erika Rocha’s Suicide Brings Attention to the Dire Need for Mental Health Care in Prison, Rewire News, May 20, 2016.
Discrimination in Parole Hearings Keeps Trans People Behind Bars, Advocates Say, Truthout, April 5, 2016.
Connecticut Jury Finds Cherelle Baldwin Not Guilty in Death of Abusive Ex-Boyfriend, Rewire, April 1, 2016.
A New Book Shows We’re Asking the Wrong Questions About Justice, Bitchmedia, March 28, 2016.
It’s 2016 & the NYPD Will Still Arrest You for Filming Them, Gothamist, March 17, 2016.
Facing Decades in Prison for Fleeing Abuse, Cherelle Baldwin’s Story Is Far From Unique, Rewire News, March 14, 2016.
Formerly Incarcerated Moms Fight for Reforms to Save Families, YES! Magazine, March 11, 2016.
For Domestic Violence Survivors, Family Court Becomes Site of Continued Abuse, Truthout, March 6, 2016.
NYC May Pass “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act to Help Screwed-Over Freelancers, Gothamist, March 1, 2016.
How Criminal Justice Reform Fails Incarcerated Women, Al Jazeera America, February 13, 2016.
When Sexual Assault is Threatened, How Do Courts View Self-Defense? Al Jazeera America, February 1, 2016.
Supreme Court Decision Gives Juvenile Lifers and Their Families New Hope, Truthout, January 29, 2016.
Daniel Holtzclaw is Going to Prison–But That Won’t End Sexual Violence, Bitchmedia, January 22, 2016.
With Sons in Solitary, Mothers Fight for Their Freedom–and Their Lives, Solitary Watch, January 6, 2016.
Punished for Survival: Domestic Violence, Criminalization and the Case of Naomi Freeman, Truthout, December 30, 2015.
Two Generations Watch Star Wars and See Princess Leia–and Rey–Two Different Ways, Bitchmedia, December 24, 2015.
Survivors of Domestic Violence Deserve Clemency, Not Prison Cells, The Nation, December 21, 2015.
I Read 50 Books by Women of Color This Year! Bitchmedia, December 15, 2015.
After Giving Birth, These Women Were Placed in Handcuffs, Leg Irons and Waist Chains, The Nation, December 2, 2015.
Wave of Hunger Strikes at Immigrant Prisons Gains Momentum, Waging NonViolence, November 6, 2015.
After Spending Years in Prison, 2000 Federal Drug War Prisoners Face Deportation, Truthout, November 3, 2015.
Almost Every Other Day, a Police Officer Loses Their Badge for Engaging in Sexual Misconduct, Bitchmedia, November 3, 2015.
What Happens When Old Prisons Are Given Back to Their Communities? The Nation, October 29, 2015.
When HIV Meds Are Locked Up: The Challenge of Adherence in Jails and Prisons, The Body, October 27, 2015.
Survived and Punished: How Criminalization and Incarceration Punish Abuse Survivors, Bitchmedia, October 23, 2015.
Prisoners’ Families Organize to Resist Incarceration and Its Costs, Truthout, October 18, 2015.
Thousands of Drug War Prisoners Are Going Home Early Thanks to Years of Organizing, Waging NonViolence, October 12, 2015.
Pregnant Behind Bars, In These Times, October 2015.
Why Are So Many Women Behind Bars in Oklahoma, The Nation, September 29, 2015.
Feminists Should Recognize that HIV Criminalization Harms Women, The Body, September 22, 2015.
As Activists, We Build the World We Want–Which Is Still Very Far Off, Bitchmedia, September 18, 2015.
What Does a Book Have to Do with a Movement? Waging NonViolence, September 15, 2015.
Mothers Serving Long-Term Drug Sentences Call for Clemency, Truthout, September 11, 2015.
Two Years After Hunger Strike, California Settlement May Release 2,000 Prisoners from Solitary, Truthout, September 2, 2015.
Hepatitis C is Common in Prisons, But Treatment is Rare, The Body, August 24, 2015.
Alabama Case Illustrates Difficulties Women Behind Bars Face When Seeking Abortion, RH Reality Check, August 5, 2015.
The Deaths of Sandra Bland and Kindra Chapman Reflect How the Justice System Sees Black Women, Bitchmedia, July 23, 2015.
What ‘Orange is the New Black’ Tells Us About Sexual Abuse in Women’s Prisons and How to Stop It, Waging NonViolence, July 21, 2015.
After Obama Clemencies, Activists Question Scope of Bipartisan Prison “Reform,” Truthout, July 15, 2015.
Taking Down the Flag Doesn’t Signal the End to White Supremacy, Bitchmedia, July 10, 2015.
Two Years After Pelican Bay Hunger Strike, What’s Changed for People Inside the Prison? Truthout, July 8, 2015.
Dilemma Faced in ‘Orange is the New Black’ All Too Real for Mothers Behind Bars, RH Reality Check, June 12, 2015.
How Real is Orange is the New Black’s Take on Prison Pregnancy? In These Times, June 12, 2015.
For Advocates, Push to End Solitary Confinement Only Begins with Youth Isolation, Truthout, June 6, 2015.
Despite Advances, the Trans Struggle for Justice is Just Beginning, Waging NonViolence, May 20, 2015.
Nan-hui Jo’s Case Shows How the System Fails Immigrant Abuse Survivors, RH Reality Check, May 4, 2015.
Your Pregnancy May Subject You to Even More Law Enforcement Violence, Truthout, April 23, 2015.
In America, There are 5.8 Million People Who Are Not Allowed to Vote, Bitchmedia, April 22, 2015.
Names Do Hurt: The Case Against Using Derogatory Language to Describe People in Prison, RH Reality Check, April 20, 2015.
Sentenced to 41 Years in Prison for a Miscarriage, Bitchmedia, April 16, 2015.
The Struggle to Abolish Bail Gaining Momentum in Massachusetts, Waging NonViolence, April 8, 2015.
Phyllis “Grandma” Hardy is Home, But Over 98,000 People Remain Prisoners of the Drug War, Truthout, April 7, 2015.
Reproductive Health Care in Women’s Prisons “Painful” and “Traumatic,” Truthout, March 27, 2015.
“Fresh Off the Boat” Takes On Sexual Harassment and Consent, Bitchmedia, February 26, 2015.
Why Aren’t We More Outraged When Police Kill Black Women? Ravishly, February 19, 2015.
7 Ways to Revolutionize Childcare and Build All-Ages Movements, Waging NonViolence, February 19, 2015.
Women in New York State Prisons Face Solitary Confinement & Shackling While Pregnant or Sick, Solitary Watch, February 16, 2015
Giving Birth While Shackled May Be Illegal, But Mothers Still Have to Endure It, The Guardian, February 13, 2015.
Black Girls Matter: A New Report Shows How Racism Plays a Role in School Suspensions, Bitchmedia, February 11, 2015.
Seven Ways to Support People in Prison, Waging NonViolence, Feburary 5, 2015.
Will Filming the Police Keep Us Safe? Bitchmedia, February 5, 2015.
Why is Marissa Alexander Still Being Punished for Fighting Back? The Nation, January 28, 2015.
Changing the Culture of Domestic Violence One Quilt Square at a Time, Waging NonViolence, January 26, 2015.
Women in Solitary Confinement, Truthout, January 18, 2015.
Why Don’t Sentences for Accused Sex Offenders Teach Them to Treat Women Like People? The Guardian, January 16, 2015.
Solitary Not Yet Over at Rikers, but Advocates Keep Fighting, Waging NonViolence, January 15, 2015.
Goodbye Solitary Confinement, Hello “Enhanced Supervision,” Gothamist, January 14, 2015.
Domestic Violence Victims in New York Prisons May Get Some Relief, Al-Jazeera America, January 1, 2015.
It’s Time to Bring Domestic Violence Survivors Like Barbara Sheehan Home from Prison, The Nation, December 24, 2014.
Despite Enduring a Lifetime of Violence, Kelly Savage Emerges as an In-Prison Activist, Waging NonViolence, December 19, 2014.
What Does the U.S.-Cuba Thaw Mean for Assata Shakur? Bitchmedia, December 19, 2014.
I Read 50 Books by People of Color This Year, Bitchmedia, December 3, 2014.
Why is California Keeping Kelly Savage in Prison for a Crime She Didn’t Commit? Truthout, November 29, 2014.
A Thanksgiving Call for Help from a Mother in Prison, Waging NonViolence, November 26, 2014.
“A Girl Hung Herself Yesterday”: Deaths in Custody at California Institution for Women, Solitary Watch, November 5, 2014.
Public Prisons, Private Profits, Truthout, November 1, 2014.
A Mother Who Just Wanted to Know When Her Son Would Eat, Waging NonViolence, October 29, 2014.
What Do Private Prisons Have to Do with the Upcoming Election? Truthout, October 28, 2014.
Will Revenge Porn Laws Actually Stop Revenge Porn? Bitchmedia, October 17, 2014.
You’re Old & Out of Prison: What Happens Now? Gothamist, September 18, 2014.
How Many Women are in Prison for Defending Themselves Against Domestic Violence? Bitchmedia, September 16, 2014.
No Separate Justice Campaign Denounces 9/11 Abuses, Waging NonViolence, September 11, 2014.
Privacy Should Be a Right, Regardless of Who You Are, Bitchmedia, September 4, 2014.
Remembering Black Women Killed by Police, Bitchmedia, August 20, 2014.
Bing Time: What It’s Like to Be 16 & in Solitary, Gothamist, August 5, 2014.
Most Americans Think We Should Help Children Crossing Our Border, Bitchmedia, August 5, 2014.
What Orange is the New Black Got Wrong About Compassionate Release, Waging NonViolence, August 1, 2014.
How Pubic Pressure Got Two Mothers Out of Jail, Waging NonViolence, July 22, 2014.
What Makes a Good Mother, According to the Government? Bitchmedia, July 17, 2014.
Time to Speak Up–Women’s Prison Resistance in Alabama, Waging NonViolence, July 15, 2014.
Free Her: Formerly Incarcerated Women Demand an End to Mass Incarceration, Truthout, June 26, 2014.
Criminalizing Motherhood, Tennessee Students and Educators for Social Justice, June 25, 2014.
Do Black Lesbians Have the Right to Self-Defense? Truthout, June 11, 2014.
California Turns to Private Prison to Address Overcrowding and Medical Care, Truthout, June 10, 2014.
Can Orange is the New Black Change the Way Congress Thinks About Prisons? Bitchmedia, June 5, 2014.
What’s Gender Got to Do with Policing and Prison? Waging NonViolence, June 5, 2014.
NYC Hands Out 35 Million Condoms a Year, Then Arrests (Certain) People for Having Them, Bitchmedia, May 22, 2014.
Sci-Fi YA Series Tankborn Imagines Caste, Class and Skin Color in Dystopia, Bitchmedia, May 27, 2014.
On the Way to Solitary, Women in Massachusetts Jail Get Strip Searched and Videotaped, Solitary Watch, May 15, 2014.
The Rhetoric of Immigration Reform: From “Si Se Puede” to “Bring Them Home,” Bitchmedia, May 1, 2014.
Nancy Drew’s Daughters: 5 More Detective Novels Starring Girls, Airship Daily, April 28, 2014.
New ACLU Report Examines Devastating Impact of Solitary Confinement on Women, Solitary Watch, April 24, 2014.
The Untold, Real-Life Story of the Prison in ‘Orange is the New Black,’ Waging NonViolence, April 23, 2014.
Linking Capitalism and Immigration: A Q&A with Migrant Justice Activist Harsha Walia, Bitchmedia, April 22, 2014.
What Does Rick Perry’s Refusal to Adopt the Prison Rape Elimination Act Mean for Texans Behind Bars?, Truthout, April 10, 2014.
Border Crossings Refocus Immigration Debate on Families, Waging NonViolence, March 28, 2014.
We Need to Face America’s Dark History of Sterilizing People Behind Bars, Bitchmedia, March 27, 2014.
Massachusetts Senate Votes for Childbirth Without Chains, Truthout, March 21, 2014.
How Can We Combine Direct Support Work with Political Analysis? (a review of Harsha Walia’s Undoing Border Imperialism), Monthly Review, March 2014.
Trying to “Rescue” Sex Workers by Arresting Them Is a Bad Idea, Bitchmedia, March 13, 2014.
Waiting for Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black? 5 Books to Read in the Meantime, Airship Daily, March 11, 2014.
Will Massachusetts Build a New Jail or Explore Alternatives to Bail?, Truthout, March 4, 2014.
Why Do People in Prison Go On Hunger Strike?, Bitchmedia, February 24, 2014.
My Challenge for 2014: Read 50 Books by Writers of Color, Bitchmedia, February 14, 2014.
Three Ways People Are Challenging the System Right Now, Bitchmedia, January 29, 2014.
Women in Solitary Confinement: Buried Inside the Federal Prison System, Solitary Watch, January 24, 2014.
“If the Risk Is Low, Let Them Go”: Efforts to Resolve the Growing Numbers of Aging Behind Bars, Truthout, January 19, 2014.
Here’s Why You Should Know About the Case of CeCe McDonald, Bitchmedia, January 10, 2014.
Revisiting Reentry: New Books Explore the Challenges of Coming Home from Prison, NewClearVision, January 7, 2014.
How Dede Adnahom Didn’t Get Deported, Truthout, January 5, 2014.
My Mom Is Badder Than Yours: Women Prisoners Demand Better Conditions for Motherhood Behind Bars, Wagadu, vol 11, 2013. (For a pdf version, see http://appweb.cortland.edu/ojs/index.php/Wagadu/article/view/393/980)
Women in Solitary Confinement: Sent to Solitary for Reporting Sexual Assault, Solitary Watch, December 12, 2013.
Women in Solitary Confinement: “The Isolation Degenerates Us Into Madness”, Solitary Watch, December 11, 2013.
73-Year-Old Grandma Says She Was Put in Solitary Confinement for Wanting Decent Medical Care, Bitchmedia, December 6, 2013.
How Will Obamacare Impact Women of Color & People in Prison?, Bitchmedia, November 1, 2013.
Freeing Marissa Alexander, Truthout, October 16, 2013.
We Need to Stop Shackling Pregnant Women in Prison—Now, Bitchmedia, October 4, 2013.
What Awaits Chelsea Manning as She Begins Her Sentence as the Military’s First Openly Trans Woman?, Truthout, August 30, 2013.
Gang Instigation Alleged in CA Prison Hunger Strike; Force-Feeding Possible, Truthout, August 21, 2013.
With One Prisoner Dead, Will California Listen to the Hunger Strikers? , The Nation, August 2, 2013.
California Hunger Strikers Enter Third Week, Face Retaliation , Truthout, July 27, 2013.
Everyone Should Be Horrified That California Prisons Sterilized Dozens of Female Inmates, Bitchmedia, July 22, 2013.
Tens of Thousands of California Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike, The Nation, July 10, 2013.
Pelican Bay: Two Years Later, Those Still Buried Alive Vowing Hunger Strike Till the End, Truthout, July 7, 2013.
The ‘Pathway to Citizenship’ Bill May Become the ‘Pathway to Deportation'”, Bitchmedia, July 3, 2013.
Girls of Color in Dystopia blog series, Bitchmedia, March to June 2013.
SNAP Judgment: Why No Food Stamps for Felons Is a Bad Idea, Bitchmedia, June 21, 2013.
New Law Gives Parents Behind Bars in Washington State a Way to Hold Onto Their Children, Truthout, May 11, 2013.
Closing Cages: People Power Helps Stop Youth Incarceration, Truthout, March 11, 2013.
States Cut Prison Budgets, but Not Prison Populations, Truthout, February 14, 2013.
In US Since Age 10, but No Dream Act for Young Activist Who Helps Others, Truthout, December 26, 2012.
No Justice When Women Fight Back, Truthout, August 31, 2012.
Birthing Behind Bars: Fighting for Reproductive Justice for Women in Prison, Alternet, May 10, 2012.
Absent Compassionate Release, Austerity Helps Some Terminally Ill Prisoners Obtain Freedom, Truthout, March 12, 2012.
Occupy Prisons, New.Clear.Vision, February 14, 2012.
Breast Cancer Behind Bars: How a Prison Sentence Can Become a Death Sentence, Truthout, January 25, 2012.
Anti-Transgender Violence: How Hate-Crime Laws Have Failed, Truthout, September 18, 2011.
Martori Farms: Abusive Conditions at a Key Wal-Mart Supplier, Truthout, June 24, 2011
Where Abolition Meets Action: Women Organizing Against Gender Violence. Originally appeared in Contemporary Justice Review. Reprinted on-line by New.Clear.Vision, March 2011.