Büşra Ersanli freed pending trial

From the day that the prosecutor ruled my detention, until now, everything has been upside down. I am speechless and now going back to Silivri [prison] to pack my… More

Essential Incarceration

At no time in the modern era has the concern over incarceration--its purpose and consequences--been so prevalent and urgent. This has been quite clear from the amount of legislative… More

Birds of a Feather

On October 24th, Ronald Reagan signed the necessary executive order sending the Congressionally approved $100 million in aid to the Nicaraguan contras. Of this aids $70 million was designated… More

August Picnic

It was a cloudy overcast morning and from my window I could see a clump of boats riding gently at their moorings. Below my window surrounded by angles of… More


On July 20th, 1985, a sunny Saturday afternoon in New Hampshire’s High Summer, with most of the inmates at the State Prison drawn by the perfect weather out into… More

The Great American Sedative

The way I hear it, the doctor advised his patient, “Having trouble getting to sleep? Take two aspirins, turn on a baseball game, and call me in the morning.”Good… More


Billiard Hall had been the edifice of infamous drifters and hustlers since the Black Cabaret burned to the ground back in ‘65. Since then, Sarg’s Billiard Hall had seen… More

The Gimme

Beer to bourbon to scotch. Dad always said that it was a natural progression. A lot of things are like that. I look at him now with scotch in… More

No Pain

“They who go - feel not the pain of parting; it is they who stay behind that suffer.”--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Michael Angelo”My eyes shot open and I instinctively braced myself for… More