closing prisons

When God allows us to go to prison because of our service to Him, it is nearly the most blessed place in the world that we could be, because He goes with us. … Lord Jesus, when the prison door closes behind me, keep me trusting in You with complete and overflowing joy. Give Your work through me great success, and even in prison make me ‘free indeed’ (John 8:36).
—  Lettie Cowman

Surprisingly social-butterly Simon is quickly increasing as one of my favorite Blackquill headcanons. I’d like to imagine that in the six months between Gavin’s prosecutor debut and Simon’s incarceration, the two were actually pretty good acquaintances.


In 1895, celebrated writer Oscar Wilde was convicted of homosexual activity and sentenced to two years in the infamous Reading Gaol. The British prison closed 2013, but it has just reopened for an unusual art exhibition; “Inside” features installations and texts inspired by the prison and Wilde’s experiences there.

Cells where solitary prisoners counted down the days are now filled with art. And every Sunday, a different performer reads Wilde’s De Profundis – the 50,000-word letter he wrote to his lover and betrayer – in front of the original door to Wilde’s cell. Organizers say it wasn’t hard to enlist an A-list cast of readers, including Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Patti Smith; all they had to do was reach out to those who’ve cited Wilde as an influence.

Reading Gaol, Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned, Unlocks Its Gates For Art

I’ve been thinking about Ronnies mental health lately. I’m just sat here thinking about Ronnie and reggie sharing a bed and just napping together because Reggie makes everything better as far as Ron is concerned .

❝ iron heights… huh. what a FUCKIN’ joke. every time we get sent here, it’s never changed. same people, same correctional officers, && the same shitty food they’ve always had. i can’t even tell what this is SUPPOSED to be. ❞

mick picked through his food, giving the metal tray full of unidentifiable slop a sour glare before his slate blue eyes D A R T E D to his partner. though the pyro was glad to have snart by his side this time around, mick just couldn’t STAND prison. but snart always had a plan. the two had broken out of iron heights before, && the judges kept sending them back to the very place they’d escaped from numerous times && together. how flawed. but mick wouldn’t complain further about it. they’d be out of there in no time.

❝ how much L O N G E R before your plan falls into place ?? i’m getting BORED here… ❞

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I don't understand....

With the story telling coming full circle I was thinking about some things today and this one thing kinda struck me. Daryl and Beth were separated from the group for almost all of their relationship development. Daryl is not known for being a big talker and I doubt besides the few comments he has dropped here and there that he talked about what happened between him and Beth to anyone in team family. That isn’t who he is, he doesn’t share, especially not very personal things. And they certainly did not have a close relationship at the prison that team family was aware of in fact they hardly interacted. But the two people closest to Daryl got what Beth meant to Daryl. Rick proved that with his “I know you lost something back there comment” and Carol also demonstrated that she got it. She and Daryl were together reunited just a short time before she was taken and she got it enough to lunge for Daryl with a horrified look on her face when Beth was shot. Was some of her pain for Beth of course but some was for Daryl as well. She instantly understood what he would be feeling, what he was losing. She understood enough to take Beth’s knife to give to Daryl, not Maggie…Daryl. She knew he would need something to hold on to and that he wouldnt seek that on his own so she got it for him, a reminder for him to carry on his person at all times. Understood enough to offer him comfort. If Daryl wasn’t talking about his time with Beth, and he wouldn’t have, how would Rick and Carol have understood just what she meant to him. The two hadn’t been close before so they were picking up on something….some clue as to what Beth meant to him and it was unspoken. So it had to be the obvious depth of emotion Daryl held for Beth and the way he had changed. Carol demonstrated that with her comment about Daryl now being a man. Daryl loved Beth enough that team family understood it without details or much explaination, he showed it to them. The viewers were suppose to understand it too without much detail or explaination . If team family could get it without seeing the relationship develop how could viewers who have the whole picture not see it. How could they continue to deny what Beth meant to Daryl when the call backs are all there. The writers knew where the story was going when they wrote Still. They didn’t have to write the moonshine porch scene about Glenn and Maggie and the baby. They could have written any number of other things. They wrote it for a reason, it had a purpose, and to not understand what was going through Daryl’s head when he looked at that ultrasound picture is to not be able to follow a story as it is written. I will never understand that.

Star Wars Mad Max AU

Consider this:

Shmi Skywalker as Furiosa, stolen from her community of freedwomen, her son taken from her and never seen again, forced to work in the Imperial prison on Tatooine, slowly working her way up until she’s trusted by Imperial forces, until she can get close enough to the prisoners, until she can stage a rescue of

Padme and the Naboo handmaidens, who are all being held indefinitely for crimes and sedition against the Empire, who have been imprisoned and used as slave labor in the camp ever since they lost the Battle of Naboo when Padme was only fourteen, who have carefully planned their escape with Shmi, but it’s all nearly ruined by

Obi-Wan Kenobi, a half-feral survivor of the Jedi purges, who trusts no one and barely speaks, who tries to steal Shmi’s ship and ends up coming along for the ride instead, after they ditch the fanatical young Inquisitor who was following him

The same Inquisitor who keeps following them, keeps trying to capture them all for the Emperor, until he fails spectacularly and Padme finds him, curled up in the cargo hold and sobbing as he beats himself, and she tells him to stop, not to hurt himself, and she asks his name, and he says

Anakin, Anakin who doesn’t know that he has a last name, but Padme recognizes that name, and she’s up and shouting for Shmi, who comes running into the hold and at first thinks that the Inquisitor is there to attack them again, but Padme says, No, no, he’s your son!

And Shmi is reunited with her stolen child, and they all do a lot of processing, and eventually they decide they’re going to take Coruscant, and you all can extrapolate from here, because I only have one requirement for the ending of this AU, and that is

Shmi Skywalker kills the Emperor.

anonymous asked:

Americans really can't see the world. listening to Eastern Europeans and other non-Westerners finally opened my eyes. and i just happen to notice how Tumblr led us to believe that mass incarceration and police brutality happens in every single country?? which is not true at all. one good example is The Netherlands, which keeps having to close prisons due to lack of prisoners. how is the prison system in Italy btw?

meeeeh the prison system in italy is fairly shit mostly bc the justice system is old, slow and needs an upgrading but not the way berlusconi wanted it so prisons are overcrowded and like some have good programs to like insert inmates into society again, others don’t, depends from how much money you have and how it’s used but let’s just say that we could do with a lot of upgrading. I mean, could be *worse* since at least death penalty isn’t a thing and there isn’t MASS INCARCERATION the way ppl on it mean it but meeeeh it’s not the best. also we have police brutality but it’s more geared towards drug addicts than any other category SOOOO that’s another problem entirely. anyway. could definitely be improved, northern countries do a lot better than us in this sense. (ps you want a nice movie about italian prison systems and what they do to make things better culturally in the few places they manage, watch caesar must die a+++ would recommend)

anonymous asked:

1, 3, 5, and 11

1. Which mass murderer interests you the most? Adam Lanza.

3. Which serial killer interests you the most? Richard Ramirez.

5. Any killers who truly disturb you? Not really, I think I became kinda  desensitized with time.

11. Do you have any interesting true crime stories/ connections? Not really, I used to live close to Florida State Prison when Ted Bundy was executed but I don’t remember anything because I was too young, I do remember hearing people talk about the electric chair tho.

Mom. (Rick Grimes Imagine)


You put the last plate on the table for dinner before calling Rick & Carl. They quickly came down the stairs and into the kitchen. “Looks delicious.” Rick smiled before placing a kiss on your cheek. You started officially dating Rick once you guys reached Alexandria, but you two have been close ever since the prison. “Thank you, it’s for my two favorite boys.” you smiled and glanced at Carl. He smiled a little before taking a seat. “He’s still getting used to it.” Rick whispered, you both thought Carl felt like you were replacing Lori, which is and will never be your intention. “How was your day?” Rick asked you. “Good, infact, I took Judith for a stroll, I helped Maggie with the garden, and I did the dishes.” you answered. “And you?” Rick asked Carl. “Fine.” he replied and drank his water. “I need more detail.” Rick told Carl, making him a bit annoyed. “I read a comic book, hung out with Enid, and played video games.” “And while you were doing all that did you have time to change your bandage?” you asked concerned. “I forgot.” he sighed. “Aaaannd did you put all the dirt clothes lying on your floor in your basket?” you asked again. “Okay okay I’ll do all that after dinner mom.” he took a bite of his food. Your eyes widened and you looked at Rick, who looked just as surprised as you. “Did you just call her mom?” Rick asked with a smile. “Yea, why? Am I not suppose to?” Carl began to worry. “No, no, it’s just, we thought-” “Yea I know, but Y/n cares for me and makes sure I’m okay, I love her and she loves me, she’s technically my mom.” Carl said like it was nothing. You beamed at his words. “But, ya know…you guys should chill on the whole kissing in front of everyone…” he glared at both you and Rick. Rick laughed while you blushed.

  • Chandra: Call it, Gideon!
  • Gideon: Alright, listen up. Until we can close that prison, our priority's containment. Jace, I want you on that cliff, eyes on everything. Call out patterns and strays. Drana, you got the perimeter. Anything gets more than three blocks out, you turn it back or you turn it to ash.
  • Jace: [to Drana] Want to give me a lift?
  • Drana: Right. Better clench up, Guildpact.
  • Gideon: Chandra, you gotta try and bottleneck that portal. Slow 'em down. You got the lightning. Light the bastards up.
  • [Gideon turns to Jori En]
  • Gideon: You and me, we stay here on the ground, keep the fighting here. And Nissa?
  • [Nissa looks at Gideon]
  • Gideon: Smash!
  • [Nissa grins and leaps away]
It was as though some huge force were pressing down upon you — something that penetrated inside your skull, battering against your brain, frightening you out of your beliefs, persuading you, almost, to deny the evidence of your senses. In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable what then?

George Orwell - 1984

something that penetrated inside your skull, battering against your brain, frightening you out of your beliefs, persuading you, almost, to deny the evidence of your senses.

Today in history: November 20, 1969 - Indians of All Tribes (IAT) begins occupation of Alcatraz Island, demanding that the abandoned site of the infamous closed prison be turned over to Native people. 

The Alcatraz Occupation lasted for nineteen months, from November 20, 1969, to June 11, 1971, and was forcibly ended by the U.S. government. According to the IAT, the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868) between the U.S. and the Sioux returned all retired, abandoned or out-of-use federal land to the Native people from whom it was acquired. Alcatraz penitentiary closed on March 21, 1963, and the island was declared surplus federal property in 1964. 

After a 1969 fire destroyed a San Francisco Indian center and Interior Secretary Walter J. Hickel offered to turn Alcatraz into a national park, the protesters mobilized. The occupiers wanted to transform the island into a center for Native American Studies, an American Indian spiritual center, an ecology center, and an American Indian Museum. The Occupation attained international attention for the situation of Indigenous peoples in the United States, and inspired a wave of militant activism among Native Americans.

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)



“How many prisoners?” Ariah called to his right hand man who was helping transfer all the loot from the American ship to their own.

“Only one survivor. Some kid.”

Shaun pulled a man from behind himself and pushed him towards the captain. Ariah studied him with a smirk.

“Well hello there~” he purred as he walked over to the prisoner, looking him over.