Previously, she was a senior editor and reporter at Truthout, writing on U.S. defense policy, the criminal justice system, campaign politics, and immigration reform. Prior to her work at Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine. She has also written for the Guardian, In These Times Magazine, AlterNet, Z Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Common Dreams, the New Jersey Star-Ledger, and others. She also served as a publicity coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Maya is on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence. An impressive list of Schenwar's articles is available at this link:
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Businesses prioritize keeping expenditures low, which negatively impacts inmates' access to nutritious and adequate meals and medical care. Some prisons hire fewer guards than are needed to allow inmates in solitary confinement to actually have their one-hour of daily exercise outside their cells. In fact, some inmates are kept in their tiny cells for weeks and even months at a time, increasing inmates' torture to guarantee that many who arrived in prison sane people will leave with some level of brain damage. A recent Truthout article is entitled "For-Profit Prisons: Eight Statistics That Show the Problems." It can be accessed by using the link below.
Maya Schenwar's "Locked Down, Locked Out" is recommended for advocates against mass incarceration and inhumane prison conditions. Her research and interviews with prisoners and their families as well as her own family's experiences uniquely qualify Schenwar to explain "why prisons don't work" and advise Americans on "how we can do better" without reducing community safety. Please hear our interview on "Human Rights Demand" Blogtalkradio channel with Maya Schenwar. It is 2 hours and 15 minutes long and worth every minute!
—Angela Y. Davis, author of "Are Prisons Obsolete?"
“This book has the power to transform hearts and minds, opening us to new ways of imagining what justice can mean for individuals, families, communities, and our nation as a whole. Maya Schenwar’s personal, openhearted sharing of her own family’s story, together with many other stories and real-world experiments with transformative justice, makes this book compelling, highly persuasive, and difficult to put down. I turned the last page feeling nothing less than inspired.”
—Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow"
“A tour de force! Schenwar has written a must-read, damning account of the twisted philosophy and practice of incarceration …Until society changes its approach toward its ‘offenders,’ until we leaven punishment with forgiveness, reconciliation, and restorative justice, we are all guilty as charged.”
—Dennis J. Kucinich, US Congressman (1997–2013) and presidential candidate
“Locked Down, Locked Out paints a searing portrait of the real-life human toll of mass incarceration, both on prisoners and on their families, and—equally compellingly—provides hope that collectively we can create a more humane world freed of prisons. Read this deeply personal and political call to end the shameful inhumanity of our prison nation.”
—Dorothy Roberts, author of "Shattered Bonds and Killing the Black Body"
To suggest a book and author, please contact MaryLovesJustice, director of "Human Rights Demand" channel at Blogtalkradio, Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill, the Human Rights for Prisoners March, and the Davis-MacPhail Truth Committee (an anti-DP org).
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