All posts by Kehaulani Ahu

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Why John Legend Says We’re Failing Thousands of Young Americans

Via: , March 23, 2017

John Legend has a direct message about teens in prisons: they shouldn’t be there and it’s time for Americans to stand up for them. He’s endorsing a new report by Youth First, an organization that advocates for alternatives to youth prison. It lists steps advocates can take to fight the youth prison system and minimize the damage it does to the young people caught in it.

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‘Help, not punishment’: John Legend lends his support to local advocates for criminal justice reform

Via: , March 23, 2017

Since Derrick Perique, 32, got out of prison, he’s been on a mission to help others see more clearly. On Saturday, though, he could have been forgiven if he had stars in his eyes.Perique graduated with a degree in optician work from a small re-entry program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. After his release in 2013, he worked hard, saved his money and partnered with an eyeglasses maker. On Saturday, at the Perdido Street office of Rising Foundations, a New Orleans business incubator program for former convicts, Perique was able to show his small custom eyeglasses operation to singer-pianist John Legend, the multiple Grammy Award-winner who is headlining the halftime show of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

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Hector

By , January 12, 2017

Prison is not set up to rehabilitate anybody. It’s just a holding tank of like-minded people. The non-violent become violent. The little drug dealer becomes a bigger drug dealer.There’s no healing involved.

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Tauheedah

By , January 12, 2017

I’m not excusing my father’s actions, but we as people have to work together to make a better system; people that did nothing are still being penalized for their loved ones’ mistakes.

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Alex

By , November 30, 2016

It was difficult to be a father to him from prison. We are in this land and we need to be together with our families.

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Francisco

By , November 30, 2016

Solitary confinement does more harm because they don’t see us as human beings. They don’t see young people as lives that matter.

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Juan

By , October 13, 2016

When I was 10-years-old, another student was caught with narcotics and he blamed it on me. At the time I was really trying my best to learn English, and really be a good kid. Students and teachers seeing me get handcuffed brought a bad image of me.

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Dona

By , September 27, 2016

We developed a new model for this facility for the inmates and it’s that Hope Lives Here. I think we need that in a lot of the communities across the country as well.

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