The Emmy Awards Address the Prison System

The Emmys spin on addressing the past and current issues in the prison system seemed to be a hot ticket conversation of the night.

The first address of the night regarding the Prison System was about the Central Park Five. This was a story addressing the 5 wrongly convicted black and hispanic teenagers who were from Harlem. These young boys ranging from ages 14-16 were wrongly convicted of a beat and rape within central park of a white woman.

Jharrel Jerome, 21, shares his glory of winning an Emmy and addresses the importance of realizing that the Central Park 5 were in attendance.

Jerome dedicated his Emmy to the five men — Wise, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana — who were seen on camera cheering, saluting and giving a standing ovation to the actor from the audience.

The Emmys allowing a story like this to be shown but also just talking about it brings a great amount of public attention to the issues within the prison system.

These 5 men who were wrongfully convicted now get to live a normal life. Only because Matias Reyes confessed to the rape and assault of Meili.

New York withdrew all charges and allowed these 5 men to go free of any further chargers. These men are now experiencing once in a lifetime oppurtunities and letting their story be heard, all while wearing designer suits.

On a lighter note, the second address of the night regarding the prison was Felicity Sanders.

The joke of the night was, Is Sanders watching from behind bars?

“The producers asked me to give a special shout-out to any of our previous lead actress winners who are watching tonight from prison,” Lennon said, while throwing to commercial. “Hopefully those two weeks are going to fly right by. Keep your chin up.”

Sanders certainly was not recognized in the lime light during this big night.

The controversy has continued with the sentencing of Felicity Sanders, yet she’s going to be spending the next 2 weeks behind bars.

Hopefully 1 out of the 6.9 million people  who took the time to tune into the Emmys learned a few things about the New York Central Park Five and Felicity Sanders case.

Let’s Talk: Privilege within the Prison System

Earlier this week an outbreak of the Varsity Blues broke out and Felicity Huffman’s charges just don’t seem to add up the common offender.

How is it fair that a common women, Tonya McDowell, was sentence to a 5-year prison sentence and a celebrity, Felicity Huffman, was sentenced a 14-day sentence?

The Varsity Blues case is regarding the parents who are facing charges due to the college admissions scandal.

Operation Varsity Blues

Prosecutors allege dozens of parents, test administrators and college coaches were involved in a widespread effort to rig the college admissions process for children whose parents were willing to pay bribes and now those parents have entered in please.

There are currently 33 people who are being accused in the “Varsity Blues” case and that it just the beginning.

Huffman’s sentence consisted of 14 days in prison, serve one year of probation, perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine.

This video explains the sentence of Felicity Huffman and her case.

Going back to 2011 this scandal began with other people, Tonya McDowell, was sentenced to 5 years in prison. While the differences in the cases is Tonya’s case involved drug the sentences are substantially different.

Prison systems and the disparities between the communities are being shown and people are talking about it.

Critics pointed out the stark contrast in the consequences between these two cases, arguing that it exemplified a disparity that continues to put underprivileged communities at a disadvantage.

Controversy is on the rise regarding the Varsity Blues. Huffman’s status and privilege are being brought up as explanations to the scandal and their not doing her any favors.

This scandal has brought to center stage the noticeable difference how privilege is allowing sentencing to vary based off of financial circumstances. Not only is the sentencing different but the treatment behind bars varies as well.

The question that should be asked in every court room —

was this verdict fair for every party involved?

Another question to keep in mind —

does it benefit and protect the general public?

Does Education in the Prison System mean Freedom?

The Restoring education and learning act is being presented to congress to improve the life of inmates and allow them to feel a sense of worth or freedom.

The Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act would improve fairness and opportunity for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people by restoring Pell Grant eligibility for people with a felony conviction.

There has been movement in the Restoring Education and Leaning Act.

Therefore, if grant money was being used to educate prisoners while they are incarcerated the system might be seeing a different result as inmates are released back into civilian life.

 A “Pell Grant is what got me started, and … really what made the difference,” he says. Matt, like many other incarcerated men and women who received Pell Grants in the past, discovered that education helped him to flourish—something Hans Stoffregen learned as well.

Pell Grant funding is allowing inmates to be released into civilian life and choose a better lifestyle after. What we should be looking at is the life during and after incarceration. This will then push down the incarceration rate and begin to change the system.

Restoring Pell Grant access to incarcerated students would have a positive impact on culture and public safety, both inside and outside prison walls.

It is not easy to jump back into after being incarnated. Wether receiving help inside or outside of the prison walls there are still many struggles.

More than 700,000 incarcerated individuals leave federal and state prisons and return to local communities where they will have to compete with individuals in those communities for jobs.

Believing in the Pell Grant and allowing it to come back into the prison system might be the best possible outcome for inmates to return to civilian life.

Education Has the capacity to transform. Education can really improve the life of individuals. Everyone should have the right to education and inmates are being denied this right.

My Blogroll: An Explanation

On the side of my blog you will now see a “blogroll”. This contains many differnt links but why is it there?

A blogroll is used to give points of reference outside of my blog. My blogroll will give you many different links and reports on prisons and what they are saying about current topics. In my blogroll you will also find different blogs that relate to issues about prison reform, women in prisons, education in the prison system and much more.

Blog examples on Blogroll:

Prison Fellowship
This blog about prisons is relevant because it shows many different sides of prison life. Throughout the blog posts I viewed thus far it shows a reflection about 9/11 addresses current issues such as higher education in prisons. This blog also talks about reform and what needs to change in the prison system.

Federal Prison Blog
Todd Busset addresses current topics that are timely. He addresses the first step act, different areas and their federal prisons. Most importantly he addresses the money side of things and where its all going. I like the way he links and how relevant his content is. 

Leigh Sprauge
This is relevant to my blog because it is the inside edition of prison life. This blog brings the personal aspect of life. It shows what prison life is like during the experience and what really happens behind bars to a certain extent. 

Blogging Behind Bars
Brings to life the same aspect as the link above just in a different point of view. Having two different prison experiences I think will be useful to look back on. 

Prison Professors
I used this blog as a reference because of content. The way my blog is set up is quite similar to this. The content always talks about relevant topics such as the post about the first step act and addresses trump and his decision to pass this. I can use what Shon is blogging about and be able to relate these topics to my blog. 

Twitter Examples on Blogroll:

Below is an example of a podcast that is about people directly impacted by the prison system.  There is also timely issues that are included about prison system all throughout America.


The Intimate Blogger shows the hardships of prison and the lifestyle that they endure. I think this can be something that i use these blogs to relate to current topics that are going on within the country and relate them to prison life. 

The Prison Fellowship advocacy program gives it all away in title. This has links to women’s issues in prison as well as addressed social media use and higher education. All which are topics I want to address. 

A local reporter, Lacie Pierson, from the Charleston Gazette. She reports on the courtroom and legal affairs which will be timely and relevant. 

Prison Watch It, this can be used to follow new prison facility being built and keeping tabs on people being released. I think this twitter will be useful because it addresses not only issues inside the prison but what happens to inmates after.

Maya talks about how prisons could do better. She writes her own pieces and connects them with real world issues going on within the prisons.

Prisoners Escape- Road Closed Ahead

How did these prisoners escape with no sign of any whereabouts?

A married couple coming together to take down the Marshal as their in route to prison.

After a complaint about a stomach issue, The Barksdales used shoelaces to tie up the guards and placed them in the back of the van with an unidentified third inmate, Gonzales said.

An image of the Barksdales, prior to their escape.

Regardless of how much training a police officer receives the idea of transporting an inmate is still a danger.

How do we assure that incidents like these do not continue to happen? Training, Training, Training!

Training of all officers should follow after the policy is developed. All components of the policy should be addressed in training. Officers should strive to enhance their own safety by adhering to policy guidelines and their training. 

Blane and Susan are still on the loose and are convinced on chargers of murder. Once the group arrived outside of St. Johns, Arizona, the couple switched to a friend’s red GMC Sierra pickup.

Incidents like this continue to happen on a regular basis with the help of the police. Let’s hope Blane and Susan run into a road closed ahead sign, like most prisoners do, before they cause any more havoc.