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  • davidchura commented on the diary post Why Ending Prison Sexual Violence Won’t Be Easy by davidchura.

    2013-01-25 17:28:34View | Delete

    Indeed, when incarceration is seen only as punishment and retribution then it seems any kind of treatment of inmates is “deserved.”

  • davidchura commented on the diary post Why Ending Prison Sexual Violence Won’t Be Easy by davidchura.

    2013-01-25 17:26:13View | Delete

    I think the problem goes deeper than the correctional staff using inmates as”entertainment.” The way I see it and experienced it, COs are as much “victims” of a corrupt, toxic,aggressive and repressive system, one in which they feel powerless and so seek power in a violent and degrading way for inmate and staff itself.I certainly [...]

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: Why Ending Prison Sexual Violence Won’t Be Easy

    2013-01-25 11:16:47View | Delete

    ThumbnailIt’s an optimistic headline: “Prison Rape: Obama’s Program to Stop It”. It leads into a comprehensive New York Review of Books article on three recently released Federal government publications.  Two of these documents examine sexual abuse in the nation’s detention centers while the other outlines the Department of Justice’s regulations for eliminating prison rape. All three aim [...]

  • davidchura commented on the diary post The Harm We Do: Kids in Solitary Confinement by davidchura.

    2012-09-08 10:28:51View | Delete

    This was county facility i.e. run by a government agency. You raise many good points about development. Things that seem so logical from a psychological, commonsense point of view but once those ideas go through a jail gate all logic gets thrown out.

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: The Harm We Do: Kids in Solitary Confinement

    2012-09-07 09:06:26View | Delete

    Thumbnail When most Americans hear the familiar constitutional phrase “cruel and unusual punishment” they can tell you what it means, at least to them. Hanging. Flogging. Chopping a hand off. Chain gangs. Putting juvenile offenders in solitary confinement is high on my list of “cruel and unusual punishment.” What else do you call locking up fifteen, [...]

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: Maybe He Was Right and I Didn’t Care about Victims?

    2012-07-31 09:00:03View | Delete

    Thumbnail“You don’t care about the victims. All you care about are those kids.” It was a comment I’ve heard in one form or another at book events, at juvenile justice talks I’ve given, or in response to pieces I’d written about our national policy of retribution towards troubled kids. I have to admit, though, this guy was [...]

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: In Our Toxic Prison System, is There Room for Hope?

    2012-07-09 09:30:40View | Delete

    ThumbnailI didn’t expect my talk to a class of criminal justice majors at a local community college to be any different from the other workshops, presentations and classes I’d done. The students had read my book for class. I figured I’d talk about the book, about my 10 years teaching high school kids locked up in [...]

  • davidchura commented on the diary post Confessions of a “Failing” Teacher by davidchura.

    2012-05-09 09:04:52View | Delete

    This is the kind of corruption that these pressures to perform are fostering. As angry as I get at such behavior, more and more I have compassion for the “higher-ups” who are under incredible pressure.

  • davidchura commented on the diary post Confessions of a “Failing” Teacher by davidchura.

    2012-05-09 09:02:14View | Delete

    Lawmakers are certainly listening to the pundits, “education reformers,” the Bill Gates-types (I wonder what grade they taught?). So I think people like you and I need to have our voice heard even as our vocal cords are being cut. (Sorry for the gruesome image.) Thanks for getting the word out.

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: Confessions of a “Failing” Teacher

    2012-05-08 11:53:27View | Delete

    ThumbnailOriginally posted on Beacon Broadside Like most teachers I’ve gotten some praise from my high school students over my 26 years of teaching—a lesson “wasn’t bad,” or a particular class was “sorta interesting.” I’ve even been told that I was a “pretty good teacher.” High praise coming from teenagers. But the truth is I wasn’t a “good [...]

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: Keeping Locked-up Kids and Their Families Connected

    2012-02-01 06:52:22View | Delete

    Arizona’s legislature recently passed a law charging prison visitors a onetime $25 fee as a way to help close the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit. Middle Ground Prison Reform, a prison advocacy group, challenged the law in court as a discriminatory tax, but a county judge upheld its constitutionality. Fees like that, slapped on prisoners and [...]

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: Children of Disappointment and the Season of Hope

    2011-12-22 14:21:58View | Delete

    Thumbnail If anyone doubts that the young people locked up in our jails are children they should spend some time in one of those prisons around holiday time. I did just that for the 10 years I taught high school students, some as young as fifteen, in an adult county jail, and every year it got [...]

  • davidchura commented on the diary post Girls and Young Women in the Prison System: A Growing Population by davidchura.

    2011-12-14 09:39:24View | Delete

    Girls and women get such harsher and more humiliating treatment in prisons; you give some good examples. In the jail I taught the women had fewer facilities and opportunities but yet they showed a lot more respect and support to each other than the men. All reflective of our society at large.

  • It was like a giant switchboard, the kind you see in 30s and 40s movies, a bevy of operators plugging in a crisscross of wires, taking calls, making connections, a cacophony of chatter. That image came to me recently as I walked into the lobby of the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. The only difference [...]

  • There’s been some good news in the media lately for anyone who cares about kids and justice. Federal statistics show that the number of juvenile offenders in jail has dropped by at least 25%. Along those same lines, the New York Times recently reported that New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has called for moving most [...]

  • davidchura commented on the diary post Changing the World One Book at a Time by davidchura.

    2011-10-06 16:47:42View | Delete

    A love of books and a lover of books makes me happy as well. Keep books coming to us. Thanks.

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: Changing the World One Book at a Time

    2011-10-06 11:24:40View | Delete

    She was pretty upfront about it: she didn’t want me there. “It’s not you personally,” Marge explained. “It’s the book.” Marge was the moderator, researcher, engine, really, of a local reading group. She was good at what she did, I was told, and I believed it. She was pretty thorough at listing all the reasons [...]

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: A Global Lesson in Hope: Concern for Justice Worldwide

    2011-09-06 06:56:36View | Delete

    Thumbnail In a six by eight foot jail cell there’s barely room for a bunk, a seatless toilet, and a postage-sized sink. The only other space you have in jail is in your head, and even that gets crowded with all the people you carry around in there who you resent for the things they did [...]

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: Kids in Jail: A Different Kind of Commencement

    2011-07-27 08:21:03View | Delete

    Now that all the high school graduations are over and the backyard barbeques celebrated, I’m finally coming down from the contact high of all that youthful exuberance and optimism. It’s easy to get swept up into those good feelings. But now as I move into summer’s quieter months, I can’t help thinking about the high [...]

  • davidchura wrote a new diary post: Teachers in Tough Places

    2011-06-13 06:15:56View | Delete

    It was a busman’s holiday. 30 people in a room, all teachers in high school and GED programs in various prisons from across New York State, listening to me talk about teaching locked up kids. The conference was in Saratoga Springs with lots of other things to do. Yet there they were, nodding their heads [...]

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