I Miss My Daughter

I know it’s been a while since I said I’d send my story to The Beat Within, but it’s just such a difficult situation. I don’t even know where to begin. I’m so lost for words, my thoughts of sanity sometimes even leave me.


For People of Faith, Youth Justice Must Be a Priority

We must ask ourselves how we can celebrate the sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins or the deliverance of our ancestors while incarcerating our youth of color for sins for which we grant others redemption.

Jeff Wallace 2016

Solitary Confinement: Traumatising But Useless

Solitary confinement is a practice that has been used in the U.S. prison system since 1829. It is based on a Quaker belief that prisoners isolated in stone cells with only a Bible use the time to repent, pray and find introspection.

Use Your Prison Time to Improve Yourself

When I think of the phrase, “Do the time, don’t let the time do you,” I reflect on history. What I see are figures that were imprisoned and as a result of their experiences in institutions went on to change the world.

Fred Butcher 2 (1)

The Importance of Treating for Trauma in Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth

Research over the past several decades has established that youth exposure to violence is a widespread and significant problem. This is particularly true for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, as research has shown that up to 90 percent of these youth have histories of violence exposure, with many reporting multiple serious incidents.