Hardtimin’ Holidays: A Lifetime Behind Bars

Do you all remember Tyler? He’s the young man serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, for a nonviolent crime he committed as a teenager. He didn’t hurt anyone, but still we condemned him, treating him as unworthy of even the hope of redemption. Yet he has redeemed himself, despite society’s arrogance in tossing him away in a concrete cage – forever. Tyler has written a series of thought-provoking essays that I’ve shared Read More …

Holding On To Hope: Making A Difference From Behind Prison Walls

The following essay comes to you from behind prison walls. This is the fifth in a series written by Tyler, a young man serving life without the possibility of parole, for a nonviolent crime he committed at the age of 17. His words are eloquent in the face of such injustice.   Prosecutorial discretion or concurrent jurisdictional laws define a class of cases that may be brought in either juvenile or criminal court. No hearing Read More …

Is This Forever? Choices Made, Lessons Learned

Today we’re back in prison with Tyler, who has a thoughtful and poignant piece of writing to share with us. If you have yet to meet Tyler, he is a young man serving life in prison, without the possibility of parole, for a nonviolent crime he committed as a teenager. Tyler was tried in adult court, where he was treated as adult, and where he was given a sentence far more befitting of an adult, career, Read More …

Letters From Prison: Dodging Bullets On The Prison Yard

America’s correctional system houses 2.2 million people,which would make it the fourth largest city in the nation. Today we’re back with Tyler, who, as many of you know, is a young man serving life without the possibility of parole for a nonviolent crime he committed as a teenager. At the whim of our so-called justice system, Tyler will spend his entire adult life in prison for a botched robbery, while adult rapists and murderers are out Read More …

Letters From Prison: Time To Live, Not Just Exist

734 out of every 100,000 people are behind bars in the U.S. – by far the highest number in the world. I have the privilege of sharing Tyler’s second essay. For those of you unfamiliar with his story, Tyler is a young man who, as a teenager, got himself in some trouble. He was arrested, tried as an adult, and sentenced to life with no possibility of parole. The important fact here is that he Read More …

Letters From Prison: Behind and Beyond the Wall

Today I have the pleasure of sharing the first Letters From Prison post. The idea for this feature came to me after I read Destructive Justice: A Lost Boy, a Broken System and the Small Light of Hope by Nicholas Frank. This is the true story of a family in turmoil. Nick’s son Tyler responds to the turmoil by acting out and looking for somewhere else to belong. In that respect, he wasn’t much different than Read More …

Kids, Gangs, Bad Choices, and Lives Destroyed

  Yesterday I posted my review of a powerful book called Destructive Justice by Nicholas Frank. (If you missed it, just scroll down to the post below.) Today I am honored to share an insightful, compelling piece he has written to share with us. Without further interference from me, here is Nicholas Frank:   What do you think of when you hear about a kid who is in a gang?  Do you think Irredeemable Criminal?  Read More …

Review: Destructive Justice by Nicholas Frank

A LOST BOY, A BROKEN SYSTEM AND THE SMALL LIGHT OF HOPE By all accounts, Nathan Frank started out as a terrific kid with the brightest of futures ahead of him. With the advent of adolescence, however, Nathan’s world and his relationships begin to unravel. No matter which way he turns, he seems to find conflict. Eventually, with his powerful personality, he becomes his own generator of conflict as he steadily enters a world of Read More …