Janet Jackson

  By Jeanette Handling. Janet J. Jackson has been incarcerated since 1986 for hiring friends to murder her husband.  In spite of the fact that she argues that she was being abused by her husband and her friends took it upon themselves to kill him, she has been incarcerated for almost 32 years with no chance at parole. I have known her for over ten years and didn’t know that 32-year-old woman who was sentenced.  But I know her as a positive, cheerful, honest, caring woman who is an advocate for herself and others serving time at Logan Correctional Center …Read More →

Howard Keller

By Felicity Porter. Howard Keller is a G.E.D.  and vocational tutor, published writer, poet and advocate for higher education in prison. He is also a barber by trade, a graduate of the Stateville accredited Barber College programme. He uses his success as a barber to demonstrate to other potential students, lawmakers, and community members the far reaching benefits of education in prison. He argues “With my barber’s license, once I’m released I don’t have to worry about standing in line for a job from an employer who will likely deny me based on my past. The only line I’ll have …Read More →

Joseph Dole

  By Cynthia Kobel for the Project 1-11 Campaign to Bring Back Parole in Illinois  “[Life without parole is] like trying to describe a broken heart or communicate what it feels like to mourn the death of a soul mate. The words to convey the pain do not exist. When you’re serving a life-without-parole sentence it’s as if you’re experiencing the broken heart of knowing you’ll never love or be loved again in any normal sense of the word, while simultaneously mourning the death of the man you could and should have been.” – Joseph Dole, The Meaning of Life …Read More →