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Articles by Maya Schenwar

Your Home Is Your Prison: How to Lock Down Your Neighborhood, Your Country, and You

Your Home Is Your Prison: How to Lock Down Your Neighborhood, Your Country, and You

By Maya Schenwar

On January 27th, domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander will walk out of Florida's Duval County jail -- but she won't be free.

Alexander, whose case has gained some notoriety, endured three years ...

Please Stop "Reforming" Pelican Bay

Please Stop "Reforming" Pelican Bay

by Maya Schenwar

"I took my first photograph last November. That's one picture in 17 years," Pelican Bay prisoner Jimmy Flores writes to me. He lives in the California prison's Secure Housing Units (SHUs) – solitary confinement – where he passes 22.5 hours per day ...

35,948 Arrested Yesterday

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 11:16

By Maya Schenwar, Truthout

Last Friday, the day the NATO 3 were arrested, approximately 35,948 people were arrested across the United States. On Sunday, when at least 45 protesters were arrested at Chicago's NATO summit protests, approximately 35,948 Americans - the number arrested on a ...

The Fall of the Presidential Pardon, by Maya Schenwar

The Fall of the Presidential Pardon

Thursday 02 April 2009

by: Maya Schenwar, t r u t h o u t

In the last throes of the Bush presidency, reporters and citizens alike waited restlessly for the announcement that many were sure would come: the long list of pardons for ...

Slavery Haunts America's Plantation Prisons, by Maya Schenwar

by Maya Schenwar, Truthout

On an expanse of 18,000 acres of farmland, 59 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, long rows of men, mostly African-American, till the fields under the hot Louisiana sun. The men pick cotton, wheat, soybeans and corn. They work for pennies, literally. Armed guards, mostly white, ride ...