Nation Inside

Everybody’s got a story or a perspective about the criminal justice system. What’s yours? Here, you can easily upload video, audio, or text; and you can check out other people’s stories. 

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Video March 3, 2015

New Book: Letters to a Lifer

I am the author of a newly released book entitled Letters to a Lifer. It is the true story of a law enforcement family's surprising relationship with a young man sentenced to life without parole for a crime he was involved in at the age of 15.

video March 1, 2015

A New Kind Of Busing?

Busing Arkansas incarcerated citizens to an out of state Private for Profit prison is not the answer to 'mass incarceration'

From Arkansas: CURE
video March 1, 2015

A New Kind Of Busing

Busing Arkansas incarcerated citizens to an out of state Private for Profit Prison is not the answer to 'mass incarceration' in our State.

From Arkansas: CURE
video February 24, 2015

Unblock the Block: Release the Vote

There are 40 million African Americans in America. Organize the vote! Check out this video on YouTube:

From Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
blog February 23, 2015

Blog Entry - R. Williford

R. Williford sent in some of his earlier writings and wanted us to share them with you. Here's one from 2010 -- sad that it still applies today.

From Arkansas: CURE
video February 19, 2015

Yaa Asantewaa Nzinga on The Issue

Interview at Albany New York Political Event

From Release Aging People in Prison
blog February 16, 2015
Blog February 16, 2015

Attorney for Spoon Jackson

After 38 years in prison Spoon Jackson has filed a Habeas Corpus petition to the courts to have ”Special Circumstances” removed from his Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP) sentence.

video February 14, 2015

Miguel Saucedo Interview-Prison Phone Justice

Chicago resident Miguel Saucedo talks about his experience of the excessive phone charges for prison phone calls. His brother has been in prison for two decades and he estimates his family has spent $20,000 on phone calls from his brother.

From Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice
video February 10, 2015

Powerful Truth

Dhoruba Al-Mujahid speaking about the current police state we live in, and what we can do about it.

From Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
video February 6, 2015

Tony’s story

Tony feels the parole system is unfair, and he got involved with the RAPP campaign.

video February 6, 2015

Shazzia’s story

Shazzia's interest in prison issues comes from family experience

From Release Aging People in Prison
video February 6, 2015

Farid on aging prisoners

Farid from RAPP says he has first-hand experience with the pain of people aging in prison

From Release Aging People in Prison
blog February 6, 2015

No Housing for Ex-Offenders

A potential renter is blocked from private and public housing due to his/her criminal history

From VIRGINIA CURE
video February 5, 2015

A Mother’s Story of Visiting an Aging Incarcerated Man

Mrs. Rose Laborde is 90. Her son has been incarcerated in New York state for more than 30 years. Visiting grows harder as families age along with their incarcerated loved ones.

From Release Aging People in Prison
Blog February 4, 2015

prea information being collected.

I can accept information about how PREA is working in your area and assistance with our work.

From SORT CURE
Blog February 4, 2015

inmate medical care

Inmate medical

From VIRGINIA CURE
video February 1, 2015

Building Community: The Role of the Vote

"Why Vote?" A critical issue of today. At a time that poor people of color find themselves at the top of every index of misery their numbers are dropping at the polls. They are being fed the false information that black votes don't matter. They do.

From Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
blog February 1, 2015

A Powerful Look at What Makes Communities

"A community allows us to build strategies for analysis, for action and for change. Examining political and economic factors from the concrete base of the community allows for development of more effective strategies for change."

From Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
blog January 31, 2015

Blog Entry - JPonder

Greetings from inside the belly of the beast.

From Arkansas: CURE
blog January 31, 2015

Our Vote Matters

The issue is how do we increase voter turnout in poor communities of color where voter participation is low and getting lower. The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow is addressing this issue and applauds the suggestions in this article.

From Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
video January 29, 2015
video January 29, 2015

RAPP’s Mujahid Farid Breaks It Down

Mujahid Farid, campaign manager of RAPP, describes his efforts to gain his parole when in prison. Mr. Farid was incarcerated for 33 years. During this time, he achieved an Associates Degree, a Bachelors Degree, and 2 Masters Degrees and counseled inmates during the AIDS epidemic. Still no parole. Mr. Farid urges reform of the parole system.

From Release Aging People in Prison
video January 28, 2015

A Challenge

We know that Nation Inside is a tool to carry our message and your message far beyond what could ever be done on our own! We challenge you to use it too…. Its really quite easy … it connects us to work as one for the nation of men and women incarcerated… until the prison nation inside no longer exists.

From Arkansas: CURE
video January 26, 2015

Ain’t we got a right to the tree of life: democracy

Senator Georgia Powers from Kentucky has a great deal to say about establishing voting rights for felons.

From Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
video January 26, 2015

Veteran in Pretrial Detention

Maria Ana tells about her son's challenges as a veteran being held in jail for three years pretrial. Listen to her invitation for how you too can add your story to this campaign.

From Jailhouse Stories: Effects of Pretrial Detention
video January 16, 2015

#txfamiliesforjustice

On Sunday evening, January 18, Texas Families for Justice and allies will gather for vigils across the State to mourn the lives lost in this week's bus tragedy, and to stand with all families who fear for the safety and well being of their incarcerated loved ones in Texas.

From TEXAS FAMILIES FOR JUSTICE
video January 14, 2015

How I got involved in prison issues

One woman tells the story of how she got involved in RAPP, Release Aging People in Prison.

From Release Aging People in Prison
video January 12, 2015

Phone Call Is Pivotal-Interview with Greg Gaither

Chicagoan Greg Gaither, who worked for years in Illinois youth detention facilities, explains why phone calls are so "pivotal" to communication with families. He argues strongly that corrections departments and phone companies should not profit at the expense of the families of the incarcerated.

From Campaign for Prison Phone Justice