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Drawing on her personal story, social justice leader Cassandra Bensahih discusses why solitary — in all of its forms — needs to be ended, and addresses the profound crisis of COVID in MA prisons.

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 After a two-year investigation, on November 20, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued notice that there is reasonable cause to believe that conditions in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections violate the civil rights of incarcerated people under the 8th Amendment of the US Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. They found constitutional […]

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In this interview, Borden explains her journey from being incarcerated to becoming a community leader. She argues that gaining self-understanding by processing her own trauma was key to transforming her life–and to her the decision to dedicate herself to helping others.

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Bridget Conley and Diane O’Donoghue host presentations and a discussion with Sarah Wagner and Adam Rosenblatt, about the ethics, relationships and challenges involved in caring for sites and skeletal remains of the dead. In the context of American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam and ‘abandoned’ African-American cemeteries in the U.S., they probe how value is placed on the dead and by whom.

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Diane O’Donoghue and Bridget Conley host presentations and a discussion with Ciraj Rassool and Vernelda Grant about the how colonial treatment of human remains and other sacred ‘objects’ imposed a worldview upon people and over societies that continues to be challenged in on-going efforts to reclaim autonomy over museum ‘objects.’

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Arthur Bembury is the Executive Director of Partakers, which supports Massachusetts prison education by coordinating teams of volunteers who mentor incarcerated women and men as they pursue higher education through the Boston University Prison Education Program, the Tufts Prison Initiative and the Emerson Prison Initiative.

He is the recipient of the Noam Chomsky Award […]

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