Criminal Justice

Spring Lake

May 28th, 2019|Categories: Brave Stories, Criminal Justice, Education, San Quentin Stories|Tags: , , , , , |

by Carl Raybon Carl Raybon is a student at the Prison University Project (PUP) at San Quentin State Prison. His story is one in a series of oral histories that Voice of Witness has collected through collaborative storytelling workshops with PUP students. I grew up in Spring Lake (N.C.). This is a small town [...]

My Crossroads Moment

March 12th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice, Education, Say It Forward|Tags: , , , , |

by Troy Dunmore Troy Dunmore is a student at the Prison University Project (PUP) at San Quentin State Prison. His story is one in a series of oral histories that Voice of Witness has collected through collaborative storytelling workshops with PUP students. The moment of my life that I often think about is the [...]

From the Archives: Juan Melendez in Surviving Justice

February 6th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice, Narrators, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we're resurfacing powerful stories from every book in our oral history book series. Though time has passed since these stories were first published, many of the themes and issues they address are as relevant and important as ever. [...]

Dad Deserved Better

January 31st, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice, Narrators, Say It Forward|Tags: , , , |

by Joe Garcia Joe Garcia is a student at the Prison University Project (PUP) at San Quentin State Prison. His story is one in a series of oral histories that Voice of Witness has collected through collaborative storytelling workshops with PUP students. The sheriff’s voice crackled over the intercom on the wall of [...]

I Ran a Marathon in Prison

January 15th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice, Say It Forward, Witness|Tags: , , , |

by Steve Brooks Steve Brooks is a student at the Prison University Project (PUP) at San Quentin State Prison. His story is one in a series of oral histories that Voice of Witness has collected through collaborative storytelling workshops with PUP students. It was November 17, 2017. A day without glitz and glamour. [...]

Oral History at San Quentin Prison

October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Arts, Criminal Justice, Education, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Cliff Mayotte Image courtesy of the Prison University Project The Voice of Witness education team is always looking for opportunities to create deeper engagement and partnership with the communities represented in our book series, so we can ensure our educational resources are reaching the students who need them the most. [...]

10 Actions to End Solitary Confinement

October 1st, 2018|Categories: Activism, Criminal Justice, Narrators, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Six by ten feet. That’s the average size of the cell in which tens of thousands of people incarcerated in the United States linger for weeks, months, and even decades in solitary confinement. With little stimulation and no meaningful human contact, these individuals struggle to preserve their identity, sanity, and even their lives. We've just released the latest oral history book in [...]

Inside an Immigrant Detention Facility

August 15th, 2018|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Civil Rights and Security, Criminal Justice, English Language Learners, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , |

The topic of immigration has been a critical political issue since borders were built, yet immigrant voices continue to be excluded from this ongoing story within the United States. Recently, we've seen a surge of media coverage discussing an appalling scene at our border: refugees are being arrested and locked away in immigrant detention facilities, and [...]

Back on the Shelves! Stories from Undocumented Immigrants & People Inside the Criminal Justice System

September 14th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Justice, Immigration, News|Tags: , , |

We are pleased to announce that three of our most popular backlist titles—Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, Surviving Justice: America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated, and Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons—are now available for purchase. The books can be purchased individually, or as bulk orders. Due to overwhelming demand [...]

Dispatch from the Field: The Latest on Current Projects

July 18th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Justice, Cultural and Personal Identity, Dispatches from the Field, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Labor Issues, News, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This summer, VOW's editors have been making big strides on their oral history projects. (Thanks in no small part to everyone who supported the Seed the VOW Story Fund Campaign this past spring!) Here are the latest updates on the next book in the VOW series, and the six projects currently incubating in the VOW Story Lab: [...]