All posts by Kehaulani Ahu

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Kim

By , September 10, 2016

The If Project started when I asked the question, ‘If there was something somebody could have said or done to change the path that led you here, what would it have been?’ And the number one answer was no positive adult role model.

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Norris

By , September 4, 2016

I did 27 years, 10 months and 18 days in prison for a crime I didn’t commit. It’s been my journey to not allow that to happen to anyone else if I can.

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Kiesha

By , September 2, 2016

When I first got locked up my daughter was in high school. I missed her prom, her graduation, her first day of college. It hurts to know she has to put money on the phone for me to call her, and I’m the mother.

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Tyrone

By , September 2, 2016

You go into juvenile hall and you learn stuff, stuff that a nine-year-old isn’t supposed to learn. You learn how to manipulate. You really learn how to lie. You really learn all these bad things that later come in handy when you hit the joint and you’re exposed to older inmates.

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Tauheedah

By , August 31, 2016

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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Andrea

By , August 31, 2016

It’s incredibly difficult to parent from a prison payphone. Most of the women who are incarcerated are mothers, and most of them did not have the means to afford the phone calls…They had to literally decide between buying feminine hygiene products and making a phone call home to their children. Most of the women who are incarcerated in prisons across this country are mothers, and most of them were the primary caretakers of their children.

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Hector

By , August 31, 2016

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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John Legend: “Redemption Song”

Via: , July 6, 2016

John Legend is on a mission to transform America’s criminal justice system. Through his Free America campaign, he’s encouraging rehabilitation and healing in our prisons, jails and detention centers — and giving hope to those who want to create a better life after serving their time. With a spoken-word prelude from James Cavitt, an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, Legend treats us to his version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” “Won’t you help to sing these songs of freedom?”

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John Legend and this former prosecutor have one goal: keep teens out of prison

Via: , July 6, 2016

Adam Foss doesn’t look like your average prosecutor. He wears his hair in long dreadlocks that flow down to his ankles, and beaded bracelets ornate his wrists. He spent eight years as an assistant district attorney in Boston, but rather than focusing on high conviction rates or projecting a “tough on crime” attitude, he has been far more interested in alternatives to incarceration, and on keeping juvenile offenders out of prison. Foss’s efforts might have ended there, making tweaks on the fringes of a flawed system, but in 2015, he met singer John Legend, who is no stranger to activism. Now the two want to change the way prosecutors nationwide think about their job, and to recruit them into the war against mass incarceration.

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John Legend: We will not sit on the sidelines

Via: , June 8, 2016

I was fortunate to grow up in a union household. I know how important they are for families and communities. I know the power unions have to organize politically on behalf of important causes. That’s why it’s so significant that the AFL-CIO, one of the largest unions in the country, has partnered with my organization #FREEAMERICA to end the harmful, immoral, and unjust cycle of mass incarceration in the United States.

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