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Prof Bell keeps on spreading the word in this recent radio interview with Wanda Sabir.

If you missed our own interview with her, please click here:

http://angola3news.blogspot.com/...

And please consider signing Amnesty International's petition calling for Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox to be immediately released from solitary, where they have now been for over 40 years:

http://www.amnesty.org/...

Listen to the radio show here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/...

We are dedicating this broadcast to the women and men behind bars. Our first guest, Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell is Assistant Professor of Legal Analysis & Writing at Southern University Law Center in Louisiana. She speaks to us about the 40th Anniversary of Angola 3 inmates Albert Woodfox & Herman Wallace, stint in solitary confinement and the actions April 17, 2012 in Baton Rouge. She also gives us the context and results of Woodfox's recent 3 day hearing and the momentum built to ensure his release this time.

The next hour we speak to Hamdiya Cooks, Assistant Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. She speaks about Georgia Horton, who is currently up for parole, and what it means to go to the board hearings. As former executive director of CCWP, Mrs. Cooks also updates us on the proposed conversion of Valley State prison, also in Central Valley, Chowchilla CA. Mrs. Beatrice Smith joins Mrs. Cooks to continue our conversation about Ms. Horton, long term incarceration and its impact on both the prisoner and her family. Mrs. Smith, a formally battered woman, left three young children when she was incarcerated. She talks about rebuilding or mending severed relationships. Both she and Mrs.Cooks talk about the CA Habeas Project.

Sabina Zuniga-Varela, "Medea," speaks about her role in Luis Alfaro's BRUJA at Magic Theatre, Ft. Mason Ctr., San Francisco through July 1, 2012. We close with the 2, 3, 4, part of an interview with Georgia Horton June 10, 2012. Because she is in a CA correctional facility she has to make multiple calls for us to complete the interview. I get almost to the end of the 4th. About 7 minutes is missing. Write letters of support for her parole hearing July 11, 2012 to: Georgia Horton W33911, Central California Women's Facility 512-20-3L, P.O. Box 1508, Chowchilla, CA 93610-1508.

Originally posted to Angola 3 News on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 01:43 AM PDT.

Also republished by Black Kos community.

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  •  insanity of our prison policies is that prisons (1+ / 0-)
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    were meant to be places of penitence, reflection and realization of what effect crimes had upon victims.  Ironically, it is these prison reforms which slowly morphed into the current system (in the day, prisoners were forbidden to even talk and those who did, were punished with a version of the medieval "pear" with at least one documented case of a prisoner's jaw being ripped from his head)
    Generally today conventional wisdom is that crime is at least partially due to a lack of proper socialization.  To hold prisoners in solitary for decades at a time makes no sense if this is true.  As funds are cut for a burgeoning prison population, there is less and less counseling and rehab and a increasingly punitive environment.
    While we may imprison monsters, it seems our system works to perfect such monsters

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