I went to prison for 19 years. Here is why I didn’t become a statistic | Joseph Jackson
The philosophy of punishment seems to have changed. To fix our broken system, we must return to the progressive policies of old
I was held as a prisoner in Maine for two decades. Now I coordinate the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC), a grassroots organization, advocating directly with the Maine department of corrections on behalf of prisoners and their families. When I am asked why I am so passionate about transforming the system that held me captive, I always respond the same way: I can’t walk away and leave the people I lived beside for 20 years in a state of perpetual fear and endless torture.