All posts by Ashaya Robinson

Dorsey

By , August 30, 2016

The bane of our existence is the question on the application, ‘have you been convicted of a felony?’ The discrimination I face is structural in nature. It’s institutionalized.  

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Eddy

By , August 30, 2016

We are always told by adults what it is to be good and or be bad; yet we don’t realize that the environment that we live in creates a lot of those narratives….When we place education second to incarceration; that is what feeds the system.  

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Steve

By , August 30, 2016

Joining these apprenticeship programs, becoming a union member can become a lifestyle; a healthy lifestyle. When people can get into a trade that they like and express themselves, it changes lives.

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Kenneth

By , August 30, 2016

My life is way more than my criminal record. My criminal record speaks of what I’ve done wrong. My life since then has changed laws in Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, and Florida. Even a bill for automatic restoration of people having the right to vote when they get out of prison.  

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George

By , August 30, 2016

Probably my earliest memory was witnessing my father – when I was 3 years old – trying to kill my mother. The violence that was produced in my home, I reproduced on the streets later against other men that looked just like me because I look like my father.

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Tonie

By , August 30, 2016

I just believe that it doesn’t always take a person who commits crimes over and over and over again to wind up in prison. Something can happen in your life – and it can take thirty seconds – and it can change your entire life.

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