End Restrictions on Prison Watchdogs We are not a democracy unless Media has Access to Prisoners
The right of journalists to do a very natural thing--take a notebook, pencil, camera, or tape recorder inside to conduct interviews with specific prisoners so that the people who finance these bloodhouses can know what it is taking place there has been severely limited for ten years.
Denying media access is one of the reasons that the entire system is raging out of control and costing us millions in lawsuit payouts that could be better used for prevention of substance abuse and mental illness or for education.
How did it ever get this crazy?
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B. Cayenne Bird is a 45-year veteran op-ed journalist and publisher. A descendant of Mary Todd Lincoln, and General Andrew Porter, she is passionate about human rights and criminal justice issues. A mother and grandmother with advanced degrees in Journalism, Liberal Studies, and Humanities (Cultural Anthropology) she has focused on prison reform making great strides in Calif. supporting the landmark Plata-Coleman case for a decade which resulted in major prison reform. She writes scholarly articles too but prefers op-eds.