From November, 2017

Kodi Gaines: The Boy Who Lived

Recently, attorneys representing Kodi Gaines filed new claims against the Baltimore Country Police Department (BPD). In case you missed it, Kodi Gaines is the six-year-old son of the, now deceased, Korryn Gaines: the twenty-three-year-old woman and mother who was shot to death in her house by the BPD who’d intended to serve her a warrant…

Community Poem: My Mind is Free

From the Carceral Dialectics Project My mind is free when I walk by the river Breathe the fresh air Play with my adorable little son And laugh with family and friends I listen to words of hope Hug my little children Think of successful ventures And I love the woman within I look into the eyes of my litte I see hope, love and happiness I see a positive future ahead I see life as free as a bird in the heavenly skies. My mind is free when I don’t allow my physical imprisonment to affect my emotional or mental…

Is There a ‘Just’ Punishment for My Rapist?

This article is a response to a piece by Amber Rose Carlson that appeared in The Stone entitled Is There a ‘Rational’ Punishment for My Rapist? Do the underlying principles and traditional practices of retributive ‘justice’ highlight an internal inconsistency with respect to the principles of justice?  One could argue that “crime” is a symptom of societal…