My name is Stephanie, and I’m a public defender. I believe that prisons are inherently violent, oppressive institutions, that society can do better, and that part of the fight for equality and racial justice needs to be dismantling the prison system and developing non-violent alternatives.

This is a place for me to think out loud about what is wrong with the criminal legal system and how we can do better. I would love to hear from you about great ideas you have, or what I’m missing.

7 thoughts on “About

  1. Jerry Bomb says:

    Hey Stephanie, I like what you’re putting out there.

    I’m part of a collective that is working on pulling together an anthology of writings by survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence writing in solidarity with prison abolition and was wondering if you may be willing to re-post our callout (found at http://survivorsinsoli.blogspot.com) or cirrculate it through any interested networks you may be a part of. Email me back, or connect through the address on our page, if you’d like to know more.

  2. jennifer says:

    Stephanie, Glad to read your blog– I teach about prisons, racial profiling, stop and frisks, death penalty, etc. and always looking for new and exciting resources. I look forward to following your blog.

  3. Bryan Eli says:

    Hey, Stephanie. I’d like to get in touch with you and learn more about your blog. Based in NY – e-mail me

  4. Thank you for this. I am all too familiar with the state and federal prisons.

  5. Hello Stephanie I am a previously incarcerated person who has been working on a film for the last two years. Please vote and share so I can do my part to abolish prisons as we know them http://bit.ly/educationvsincarceration

  6. Hello Stephanie wondering if your still blogging about prison issues, I am interested in include your blog-site in the resource section of carceral geaographies course thread.

  7. mscarol420 says:

    Hi Stephanie. I worked as a contract agent for the Missouri Dept. of Corrections for about ten years. I did some counselling, facilitated therapy and education groups, and started a jobs program to teach inmates how to fill out job applications and do interviews. I agree that we lock too many people up and it needs to stop. The War On Drugs needs to end, we need to look at alternatives to incarceration, put an end to mandated sentencing and arrest and abolish solitary confinement and fhe death penalty. I don’t understand how people can support this farce of a justice system but I know racism is a contributing factor. I read a couple of articles and I am following your blog. Keep up the good work.

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