Faces of faded hope
The faces of the men and women pictured above
say silently that even though 'hope springs eternal', these imprisoned
people also know that 'hope can be a poor friend'. Let's cut
quickly and deep. There is little reason to hope because an equitable
sentencing philosophy is nonexistent. There is no systematic
philosophy of corrections available to help guide administrators,
instruct prisoners, and involve loved ones and the greater community.
Well, we're not waiting forever. Throughout
our country ordinary people say something like, "Well, those
people (in prison) did wrong, but we in this community sure don't
want them coming back worse than when they went in!" Exactly.
In late-July the November Coalition will be
represented in Atlanta, Georgia at the 27th Annual National Conference
of Blacks in Criminal Justice. We're attending at the request
of some federal prisoners and free people pictured above. Chaplain
Warren H. Dolphus of FCI Manchester has suggested to us that
staff and inmates alike are realizing that change must come,
and we can craft a philosophy of 'releasability' by working together.
Nora Callahan and Chuck Armsbury look forward
to sharing our November Coalition experience with Chaplain Dolphus
at his scheduled F.A.I.T.H., Inc. workshop as well as at other
planned sessions of this special seven-day gathering of people
working in corrections with citizens who are proposing changes
We'll include a full report on the Conference
in the September/October Razor Wire.