A regimented smoke break at Moriah. (Photo: Natasha Haverty)
Sitting down to write this blog post, there are so many things I want to be writing about–stories, articles, ideas, policies, issues about crime and punishment, our 40 year chapter of mass incarceration, what’s going on at this very moment. I want to tell you about a new poll that shows that half of our country oppose mandatory minimum sentencing; about the string of corrections officers leaving their jobs in Maryland; about an exhibit in Oklahoma that features photographs and narratives of women in prison for non-violent offenses.
But in order to be able to do any of that, what I have to be writing about right now is how you can help us fund the rest of this project. We’re in the last stretch of our Kickstarter campaign–three days to go, about two thousand dollars left to raise. I know we’ll get there, and when we do, we’ll spend the rest of the year focusing on what we do best: powerful storytelling and investigative journalism. Turning to you to pitch in what you can in turn means that this project is yours too. Which also means we’ll hope for your feedback, comments questions, all along the way. What do you hope to hear before the year is out? What questions do you want asked? What stories would you like to listen to?
Here’s Brian Mann talking on Mountain Lake PBS about Prison Time, and why we’ve turned to Kickstarter to get us through the year.
If you’ve already pitched in yet, thank you so much. And if you can’t right now, would you share the project on Facebook? We want to reach as many people as we can in the next three days. Thanks so much for being a part of this.