The Oak Leaf

Carceral state: The prison industrial complex wasn’t the solution for my mom

Carceral state: The prison industrial complex wasn’t the solution for my mom

December 12, 2019

The first time my mom was incarcerated — for vandalizing public property — I counted the approximately 730 days until she’d get out. Every weekend I got used to the dehumanizing routine. I checked my pockets for contraband, made sure my clothe...

A second chance at life

A second chance at life

May 14, 2019

Apolinar Vega sits quietly at a table in Bertolini Student Center, listening as fellow students trickle into the conference room discussing exams, family and summer plans. One woman keeps her distance in the corner, worried the stink from her cabbage lun...

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