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Rikers, The Harms of Cash Bail, and the NYC Mass Bail Out

October 31, 2018 JIE Updates

Cash bail removes the question of guilt and innocence from detention and replaces it with a question of economic standing: those wealthy enough to pay bail can go free.

PEN America Publishes 2018 Prison Writing Awards Anthology

October 30, 2018 In the Press

PEN America has published their first anthology of prison writing, which collects the winning poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic writing from their yearly Prison...

PEN America’s 2018 Writing For Justice Fellows Announced

October 25, 2018 In the Press

PEN America has just announced the inaugural winners of their Writing for Justice Fellowships.

Inaugural Cohort of June Jordan Fellows Featured in Recent Exhibition

October 16, 2018 In the Press

A recent exhibition at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise featured the work of the inaugural cohort of the June Jordan Fellowship.

Criminal History Question Removed from the Common Application

October 15, 2018 JIE Updates

For many prospective students, a question hidden at the very end of the application, deep in the writing section, can render all the other ticked boxes meaningless: “Have...

2018 PEN Prison Writing Award Winners Announced

September 12, 2018 In the Press

The 2018 PEN Prison Writing Award winners have been announced.

Announcing the 2018-2020 Social Justice Institute Cohort

September 5, 2018 Opportunities

The BCRW Social Justice Institute is thrilled to welcome the 2018-2020 cohort, with Artist-in-Residence La Vaughn Belle, Researcher-in-Residence Mariame Kaba,...

Call for submissions from incarcerated writers: Columbia, A Journal of Literature and Art, issue #57

August 15, 2018 Opportunities

Columbia, A Journal of Literature and Art seeks submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from incarcerated writers for inclusion in its next issue.

Cook County inmates register to vote

August 13, 2018 In the Press

Chicago Votes, a non-profit organization that works to register detainees who have not been convicted of a crime, has registered nearly 2,000 new voters in advance of the...

Common App Drops Criminal History Question

August 10, 2018 In the Press

Beginning in 2019, the Common Application, used by hundreds of universities around the world, will no longer ask applicants seeking college admission to disclose their...