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Are More Criminal Justice Reforms on the Horizon?

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 Nonviolent Drug Inmates May Be Eligible for Obama’s Clemency Program
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Important Things to Remember the Next Time a Cop Pulls You Over

 

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 Violent crime jumps 10% in Louisville in 2014
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Metro Council passes ordinance to raise local minimum  wage to $9.
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Police Killed Her Son; Afterward, Louisville Evolved

 

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KY makes list of 10 safest states in America
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What One Representative Expects to Pass in the Next Kentucky General
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Important dates for the 2015 General Assembly

 

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Golden Rules: How California is Leading the Way Toward Ending Mass Incarceration
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Broken prison labor program fails to keep promises, cost millions

 

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The Jaw-Dropping Prison Pipeline No One Talks About

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Why Obama Just Sent 8 Drug Inmates Home Early
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Cuomo has policing powwow with rap mogul (and ex-crack dealer)

 

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Restore Your Right to Vote
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Opinion: America’s prison policy has lost its moral compass

 

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US Has Highest Incarceration Rate in the World
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“OUR LIVES BEGIN TO END THE DAY WE BECOME SILENT ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER.”

- MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR


Poems From Returning Citizens

Gangstas Annonymous

Hi, my name is DJ
And I’m addicted to the game
A world of evil nature,
Hateful thoughts and constant pain.

Gangbangin and dope slangin
Was the life that I was gave.
From the womb of a lonely Mother,
To the streets I was made.

A broken home, a shattered heart,
No lights ever revealed,
The cries of a burning baby,
With the flames needing to be shield.

The pain in my heart
Was slowed down by violence.
But then I was alone,
Coming down left with silence.

The pain was still there,
Even stronger than before,
So off to the streets I headed
In search of a violent war.

I really need help
Because I’m hurting inside,
And with the addictions to this game,
Many people have died.

I don’t wanna leave this life
Searchin for ways to cover the pain
Always searchin after the first time
Because the high is never the same.

Doin anything for the game
Losing family and killing the brain
Failing to realize the fact
That I’m the one implanting the pain.

Like the leaves of a tree,
I continue to fall
Into a hole darkened by anger
With pain that’s barely small.

See I want to stand up
And be able to stand tall
But before a baby can walk,
A baby must learn to crawl.

With all this said and done,
I’m now realizing my pain.
By taking the first step to getting help,
And admitting I’m addicted to the game.
D.J.

Addicted

I want it. I need it.
It’s something I must have.
Feaning for this game
Like a crack-head in rehab.

Orange flags, blue flags,
What do it all mean?
Is it me addicted to this hood
Life like crack for a dopefiend?

I don’t understand
Why I can’t get it right.
Is it cause I’m like a crack-head
Refusing to give up the pipe.

Many excuses for what I did,
From where I came and what I’ve done.
The only difference from me and a crack-head
Is he has a pipe and I have a gun.

Weapons of destruction
Being past amongst each other.
Why instead of helping the black man
I would kill the next brother.

Gang banging, dope slanging,
Crack smoking and shooting-up.
All trends of the community
All of us never gave up.

It’s kind of hard to stop banging
When you have been doing it for so long.
Like the streets to a crack-head,
The streets will always be your home.

No matter how much we try
A lot of us fail to succeed.
Like an old wound pealed
Its only destiny is to bleed.

Some wounds can be healed
And some just can’t.
Some addicts will admit their fears
And some just ain’t…
D.J.

I DREAM

I dream of a happy place
Where nobody is two-faced,
A place where we all get along,
Somewhere nice and very calm
Where money is not an issue,
No crying eyes needing a tissue.

I dream of a special girl
That she’s loyal to me and I’m loyal to her,
A girl that I’m able to trust in
One that is beautiful from within,
That our love for each other is unconditional
And together we go and conquer the world.

I have many dreams,
So many that most are unseen.
Dreams don’t lie and I’m a fiend for the truth.
My biggest dream is that all my dreams come true.
I.P.

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