Incarcerated for 25 years and out to bring humanity to an inhumane “justice” system.

Indian activist Arundhati Roy once said:

“There is really no such thing as the voiceless… only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard.”

She’s right. People behind bars do have voices. But they are forcibly shut up and told no one wants to hear them. …

Think violence is a phenomenon of inner-city neighborhoods? Think again

By Rob Barton, with Pam Bailey

“Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” (President George Bush, following the 9/11 attacks)

“We will not forgive, we will not forget. We will hunt you down and make…

There’s more to those violent rap videos than you think

By Pam Bailey

When Anthony (“Pete”) Petty walks the streets of his childhood neighborhood today, talking to teens who are now his charges, he’s aware of how much is the same more than 30 years since his own heyday there: The poverty apparent in the peeling paint, over-worn toys in…

Reflections on life inside and the impact on the human soul

By Askia A. Afrika-Ber

Isolation cell: a cubby hole engineered to be a spirit-crusher — living, breathing, packed to max capacity with manmade nightmares. An endless loop of systematic violence, creating a concrete record of horror stories.

Penitentiary depression: the state of feeling discarded, subhuman and hopeless.

Yet, within this…

Real-life experiments show many long-incarcerated individuals can be freed

By Pam Bailey and Rob Barton

If you could choose between warehousing an individual at the cost of an average of $33,000 a year and allowing him or her to live with and support his family, hold a job and pay taxes, which would you opt for? It seems to…

Greta Thunberg got it right when she said it’s all ‘blah, blah, blah’

By Robert Barton with Pam Bailey

At the recent Youth4Climate conference in Milan, Italy, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg lambasted government officials for trying to pass off semantics as actual action: “This is not about some expensive, politically correct, green act of bunny hugging or blah, blah, blah. Build back better…

More Than Our Crimes

Rob Barton has been incarcerated for 25 years. Pam Bailey is his collaborator/editor. Learn more at

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