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Violence in Texas Prisons: An Enduring Conflict

When we think of violence, we often think of a brute force action imposed on another human being, which is one accurate understanding of the word. Violence is also defined as an unlawful exercise of physical force. In the Texas prison system, brute force imposed on an incarcerated individual by another incarcerated person is strictlyREAD MORE

Locked Out of the American Dream

“There are enormous victories that are being achieved precisely because the people whom we have written off and viewed as disposable are reclaiming their voice, standing up, speaking out, organizing even as they struggle to survive.” Watch Michelle Alexander and Bill Moyer’s conversation on Moyers & Company and learn important information from her book TheREAD MORE


Achieving Equality and Freedom in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Robyn Short The following is a synopsis of the book that I am writing. To atone is to repair a wrongdoing or an injury to another person. When we atone, we restore the wronged party back to his natural state of innocence. The spiritual componentREAD MORE

Texas Tough Gets Smart

  By Robyn Short Texas has always had a tough on crime approach — an approach that is weak on human rights and tough on human decency as well as on the Texas state budget. This legislative session, Texas politicians took a serious look at criminal justice and made steps to getting smart on crime.READ MORE

Take Action for Texas House Bill 1266

By Robyn Short Update Texas House Bill 1266 passed through the Texas Congress and is before the Governor. Thank you to everyone who called their representative to advocate for his bill. Texas House Bill 1266 calls for an Adult and Juvenile Administrative Segregation Task Force for the state of Texas. Administrative Segregation is the termedREAD MORE

5 Policy Changes to End the War on Drugs

By Robyn Short #EndTheWarOnDrugs Barack Obama said on January 21, 20014, “The War on drugs has been an utter failure.” This fact is becoming increasingly apparent thanks to the important book by Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and Eugene Jarecki’s brilliant documentary, The House I Live In.READ MORE