Prisoners and Labor Day, a September reflection

Prisoners and Labor Day by Caroline Apodaca, a Prisoner Express student staff member Labor Day is considered an American achievement in celebrating workers’ contributions nationwide. Before the holiday’s establishment, , labor activists advocated for this day of acknowledgement, leading to its recognition by numerous states. The popularity of this day ultimately led to an 1894…

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Poetry Anthology #27

The 27th volume of our Prisoner Express Poetry Anthology is now available to read online.   Download Here   We are constantly receiving and reading poetry submissions from the prisoners in our program. It is always a pleasure to be able to appreciate and enjoy the creativity of these talented poets. We are proud to…

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Winter 2023 Newsletter

The Winter 2023 Prisoner Express newsletter has now been mailed to the thousands of prisoners participating in the PE program. Thanks to a grant from the Sonya Staff Foundation, we have been able to expand the size of the newsletter as well as increase the many programs that are offered to our PE members throughout…

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Prisoner Express x Freedom Discovery Project Event

We invite you to our collaborative event with the Freedom Discovery Project. Come hear the first-hand experience of someone who served a life sentence and write letters to people who are in prison. Event Details When? Thursday, February 9th, 2023 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm Where? Durland Alternatives Library, Room 127, Annabel Taylor Hall,…

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“Behind the Wall” Art Exhibition

“Behind the Wall” Provides a Peek into the Lives and Hearts of People in Prison   The artists and writers of Prisoner Express are on display at the Tompkins County Public Library throughout February. Come explore the creativity and humanity of incarcerated men and women participating in the PE program. Stop by on Friday, Feb…

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Spring ’22 PE Programs Available Online

We are happy to announce that Prisoner Express’ latest courses and programs have officially been mailed to members and are now available to read online as well. In addition to our newsletter that is mailed every 6 months, we also offer incarcerated individuals educational packets on a variety of subjects. In this cycle, we included…

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Story House – Prisoner Express Event

Curious about Prisoner Express and how it all started? Come to the Durland Alternatives Library in beautiful Anabel Taylor Hall to learn about Prisoner Express, a program founded by Gary Fine more than 20 years ago to help break the isolation and despair of incarcerated people through writing, reading, and art. Through newsletters, book exchanges,…

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“Opening Windows into Other Worlds,” an article about Volunteering at Prisoner Express

Interested in volunteering at Prisoner Express, but not sure yet? Wondering how community engagement can impact your life? Learn more about how volunteers at PE found personal growth and transformation through their experiences in “Opening Windows into Other Worlds,” an article written by the Einhorn Center for Community Engagement at Cornell. Opening windows into other…

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Poetry Anthology #25: Melancholy, Love, and Lessons by Kimberly V

Do you ever wonder what incarcerated individuals think about? Those mysterious thoughts are what I’ve been able to observe while constructing the 25th Poetry Anthology for Prisoner Express. When your day-to-day life is so controlled and mostly void of freedom and autonomy, you would expect it to be quite difficult to come up with creative…

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