Omari Williams was only 19 when he was handed his first prison sentence. After his release at 21, he became part of a dauntingly high recidivism rate and returned to prison for a second time.
This summer, nearly two decades after he first entered the system, Omari once more found himself a free man after he was released from the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC) in Hagerstown, Maryland. He is absolutely certain that he will not be returning for a third time, and one of the reasons is his involvement with AFSC’s Friend of a Friend project.
In July 2010 members of the male mentoring group in Logan, West Virginia, went on a camping and fishing trip on the New River.
The MARStar newsletter is published by the Middle Atlantic Region of the American Friends Service Committee. Read about one man’s desire to mentor young people as well as a recent intern’s experiences.
The Stopmax Arizona Campaign is an integral part of the nation-wide Stopmax Campaign and its effort to end the use of long-term solitary confinement and torture in US prisons ans jails. This video gives voice to the survivors of solitary confinement. For more information or to get involved with the Stopmax Arizona Campaign, contact the Tucson, Arizona AFSC office at 520.623.9141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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