Category Archives: Family

Reality of Wrongful Conviction is a Hard Message to Hear

People dislike change.  People like going with the flow.  We find comfort in our faith in the institutions that surround us.  Nobody wants to be disturbed, to feel disturbed or troubled.  People don’t like being confronted with unpleasant realities.  It’s human nature.  We are creatures of comfort.  We’re creatures of habit and routine, and integral parts of those routines are… Read more »

Just Bryan Stevenson, Just an Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform, Just Mercy

I’d like to introduce you to one of my heroes. His name is Bryan Stevenson. He is the founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. He’s dedicated his professional life to fighting for the rights of some of society’s most marginalized people, such as those on Death Row, those incarcerated both wrongfully and rightfully, racial minorities,… Read more »

To Watch Out For The Bogeyman Judicial System

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We tell our kids about the bogeyman, the bad people –who to watch out for- but we don’t teach them how to watch out for the judicial system. – Troilyn Robinson – Mother of two incarcerated sons – Unprisoned Podcast – (stories from the system) – March 2, 2016 One of the common threads in practically all exonerees personal stories is that prior to their arrests and… Read more »

Too Many People In Prison… For Too Long A Time

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Too many people in prison For too many laws For too long a time We need to rethink some of that. True words indeed, Grover Norquist. Even on Christmas- especially on Christmas!- we need to remember that our criminal justice system is broken and innocent people are suffering even at this very moment. With over 2.2 MILLION people currently incarcerated… Read more »

Wrongful Convictions Don’t Really Happen (Right?)

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Let’s face it: most of us don’t want to believe that wrongful convictions really happen.  And, if they do happen we tell ourselves that they must only happen very very rarely. This is why it is so important that we pay attention to the stories of exonerees – those who are living proof of the woeful challenges facing our criminal… Read more »

Our Starting Point Must Always Be The Individual (Not The State)

Our country and our judicial system were founded upon the crucial notion that the rights of the individual must always be protected against the monstrous powers of the State.  This cannot be forgotten as we move towards substantive criminal justice reform. Our starting point must always be the individual, not the State.   When someone is wrongfully convicted it’s (by… Read more »

Few Are They More In Need Of Advocacy Than Those Wrongly Imprisoned

We all have our causes, right?  We all have something we think to be the most (or among the most) important issues we face.  The wrongful conviction, mass incarceration, and general criminal justice reform issues that plague this country and this generation are at the forefront of my social consciousness. Criminal justice reform is one of the most important issues… Read more »

I’m Voting YES to End the Death Penalty in California (After Years of Supporting It)

“As of October 2015, we have executed over 1,414 individuals in this country since 1976. 156 individuals have been exonerated from death row – that is, found to be innocent and released – since 1973.  In other words, for every 10 people who have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S., one person has been set… Read more »

Wrongful Conviction: Version 3.0 – The Adnan Syed Story

Recently while at work I had a discussion with someone about the Making A Murderer documentary.  She was very well versed in the story and seemed very intrigued by the topic, so I recommended to her that she look into another riveting documentary detailing wrongful convictions: Paradise Lost, the story of the West Memphis Three.  She then in turn recommended… Read more »

Thoughts Near the Donald Trump OC Rally – 4/28/16

So, Tezi and I just made it back to her place after being stuck in the snail’s-pace traffic surrounding the Donald Trump rally which took place within walking distance from Tezi’s home. Even as I type this, we can still hear the helicopters in the air, and what sounds like dozens of more police cars heading to the rally vicinity where… Read more »