40 Reasons our jails are filled with black and poor/Common Dreams

I think this piece from Common Dreams is important in light of David McCallum’s case and so many others. Not only are African American prisoners predominant in US prisons but they are also the main victims of wrongful convictions.


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I am a former Toronto teacher and writer now living in Vancouver. I work with Dr. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, with whom I published Eye of the Hurricane: My path from Darkness to Freedom (Chicago review Press, 2011), as Director of Media Relations and as an advocate for wrongly convicted prisoners. Other publication credits include Songs of Aging Children (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992) a book of short stories about troubled youth, and Taking Steam, a play co-authored with the late Brian Shein, staged at New York's Jewish Repertory Theatre and Toronto in 1983. Life Without (Quattro Books, 2012) is a novella about a New York cab driver wrongly convicted of killing his pregnant wife. Gary Geddes (Lt. Governor's Award for Literary Excellence) described it as "one of the most brilliant and harrowing short novels I've read since I went on a John Hawkes binge."

One thought on “40 Reasons our jails are filled with black and poor/Common Dreams

  1. I watched “David and Me” last night.I found it very moving and well done. to David I will say”You are a brave and courageous man ,who has integrity and you stuck to your convictions. I wish you much happiness and success as you begin your new life. Mary

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