Works of Justice

Works of Justice is an online series that features content connected to the PEN America Prison and Justice Writing Program, reflecting on the relationship between writing and incarceration, and presenting challenging conversations about criminal justice in the United States.

Read the latest in our pandemic-era rapid response series, Temperature Check: COVID-19 Behind Bars.

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Works of Justice Blog Posts

Temperature Check Vol 9 artwork: headshots of Corey “Al-Ameen” Patterson and Lucy Lang side by side

Temperature Check, Vol. Nine: The Election Issue

Manhattan DA Candidate Lucy Lang explores a district attorney’s role during COVID-19, and writer/activist Corey “Al-Ameen” Patterson details the importance of voting behind bars. More

Temperature Check Vol. 8: Saint James Harris Wood and Alejo Rodriguez

Temperature Check, Vol. Eight: The Reentry Issue

Alejo Rodriguez of Exodus Transitional Community and award winner Saint James Harris Wood talk about reentry from prison during a pandemic, plus updates and links to advocacy efforts and… More