Testimony for the Nov 8 House/Senate Hearing on Parole, by Shari Stone-Mediatore

My name is Shari Stone-Mediatore. I was born in Chicago and grew up in Highland Park, Illinois.  And I am currently a Professor of Philosophy at Ohio Wesleyan University. I’ve taught philosophy to men and women convicted of violent crimes. I’ve also supported several men with life and de-facto life sentences in Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan in their efforts to pursue education, apply for scholarships, publish their writing, and participate in productive activities, such as art and essays contests. I’ve been amazed by these individuals and what I’ve learned from them. One thing I’ve learned is that there is no such …Read More →

Essay by Ibi Cole

I was asked to write about a prisoner and about Parole in Illinois. But strange as it may be, before I expound on Parole, I felt more compelled to write about you… to write to you about you. Strange, I agree. But here goes… From the moment the cell doors slam on a person, I always imagine that what begins there, is some form of a count down: Count down for time to be released; count down to the time to die… or count down the time to get out. Get out. Get away. Go back home. There would be …Read More →

Video-tape of May 30 Press Conference about Cancelled Debate class (CAN TV)

Before presenting a letter written by the Stateville Correctional Center Debate Team to Governor Bruce Rauner, concerned citizens speak out about the cancellation of a debate class and dismissal of the debate teacher Katrina Burlet at Stateville Prison. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).