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Jay-Z has announced that Roc Nation will be investing an anti-incarceration program called Promise. The app-based program is a new technology and community supervision service that aims to reduce prison populations. The program is available today, by creators Phaedra Lamkins and Diana Frappier.

Promise will provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford bail, and help them with their court obligations. The app will track what they are doing by participation purposes and important dates on a unique calendar for counseling. “Promise will help government agencies support those who would otherwise be in custody or who are on some form of community supervision-namely probation or parole,” the company said in a press release.

“We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” Shawn ‘JAY-Z’ Carter said in a statement. “Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise’s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide ‘liberty and justice for all’ to millions.”




Prodigy went from cooking in the booth to cooking behind bars. After Prodigy was sentenced back in 2007 for illegal possession of a firearm he had to maintain a healthier lifestyle than most, even if it meant skipping a prison meal or two. Due to his sickle cell anemia, P was forced to cook for himself instead of relying on the prison food, which led to the creation and release of his cook book Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook in 2011.In the book he gives you a little bit of his prison experiences and food recipes. He shows you how to survive a system designed to wear men and women down from the inside out. “This book won’t make you a better cook, but it might make you a better person,” the “Shook Ones” rapper writes in the books introduction. From making dumplings out of soggy elbow macaroni to ketchup soaked sangria; as we celebrate Prodigy’s 43rd Birthday lets check out some of his best recipes from his cook book.

P’s clean hands Sweet Potato Pie

Using crushed graham crackers and melted butter packets for the crust, Prodigy then takes some yams along with juice from the can for the base and mixes everything altogether with sugar and honey. After heating up the filling in the microwave he then spreads the yams over the crust toasting everything for about 25 minutes.

P’s Prison Potstickers

For this creative meal all you’ll need is macaroni pasta, canned vegetables, hot sauce and soy sauce. Boiling the macaroni until it turns to mush, P begins to make little balls with his palm, using his thumbs to flatten them, creating small dumpling pockets. Filling them with the canned vegetables, hot sauce and soy sauce he brushes them with butter leaving it to toast for about 3 minutes.

P’s Prison Sangria

After you gathered a good amount of fruits, the rapper suggests putting it in a sealable bag, ‘mashing it together until it looks f***ing disgusting.’ Afterwards let it sit in a bowl of microwaved hot water, then wrap the bag in a t-shirt and find a place to stash it.

“After a few days, the bag should start blowing up, which means gas is in there and it’s becoming liquor. Open the bag a little and add some ketchup and a ton of sugar.”
‘P’s Prison Surprise’

“A lot of people f**k with Prison Surprise”, Prodigy writes. “I’m not one of those people but if you wanna be stupid enough to try it, I have the recipe for you.”


The Power of Knowledge: Harvard Debate Team Loses to Prison Debate Team

ARTICLE By :  Jay Syrmopoulos

Napanoch, NY – In a true testament to the raw talent, and stellar minds being wasted in American maximum-security prisons, three men incarcerated for violent crimes at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility defeated the elite debate team from Harvard University.

On one side of the stage sat three Ivy League undergraduates from the elite Harvard debate team, while sitting opposite them were three men serving felony prison sentences for violent crimes.

After an hour of intellectual sparing the fast-moving debate was over, with the judges declaring victory for the inmates after weighing the veracity of each teams’ arguments.

The audience, which included almost 75 fellow participants in the Bard College Initiative, burst into applause when it was announced that the prison debate team had bested the Harvard team.

Prior to the start of the debate, team members discussed hopes of inspiring other inmates.

“If we win, it’s going to make a lot of people question what goes on in here,” said Alex Hall, a 31-year-old from Manhattan convicted of manslaughter. “We might not be as naturally rhetorically gifted, but we work really hard.”

The prison debate team is the product of the Bard College Initiative, which began in 2001. The program is a rigorous academic experience offered to the men incarcerated at the Catskills, New York penitentiary through the Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

The forward thinking program allows motivated inmates the ability to develop their academic talents through hard work and dedication. Roughly 10 inmates apply for each opening in the program through interviews and written essays.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal:

There is no tuition. The initiative’s roughly $2.5 million annual budget comes from private donors and includes money it spends helping other programs follow its model in nine other states.

Last year Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed state grants for college classes for inmates, saying that helping them become productive taxpayers would save money long-term. He dropped the plan after attacks from Republican politicians who argued that many law-abiding families struggled to afford college and shouldn’t have pay for convicted criminals to get degrees.

The Bard program’s leaders say that out of more than 300 alumni who earned degrees while in custody, less than 2% returned to prison within three years, the standard time frame for measuring recidivism.

In New York state as a whole, by contrast, about 40% of ex-offenders end up back in prison, mostly because of to parole violations, according to the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Members of the Harvard team were clearly impressed by the prisoners’ intellectual prowess.

“They caught us off guard,” said Harvard debate team member Anais Carell, a 20-year-old junior from Chicago.

The prison debate team has actually been scoring victories over some of the nation’s most elite debate teams.

In their first debate in spring of 2014, the prisoners beat the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, then defeated nationally ranked University of Vermont.

The stark reality is that an amazing wealth of human capital has been systematically thrown away in locked in cages as a means of lining the pockets of special interest groups and politicians, known as the Prison Industrial Complex.

Additionally, the program touts how much capital can be saved by implementing common sense educational opportunities for inmates.

According to the Bard Prison Initiative:

The criminal justice system is staggeringly expensive. As a country we spend $212 billion dollars annually to apprehend, try, and incarcerate prisoners. In recent years, the United States has maintained a prison population of more than 2.3 million people, with the average annual cost of over $29,000 per person (in many states, including New York, the cost is much higher). And while America has the longest and most punitive sentencing structures in the modern world, 750,000 inmates are released each year. Nationwide, nearly 68 out of every one hundred prisoners are rearrested within three years of release, and more than half return to prison. Research indicates that these high and expensive rates of recidivism fall to less than 22% if prisons offer significant educational opportunity to incarcerated men and women. Among formerly incarcerated Bard students, less than 2% have returned to prison. The estimated cost per person, per year of the BPI program is a small fraction of the price of continuing incarceration. It saves tax payers money, while increasing public safety.

At least 95% of all inmates will be released back onto the streets of America. The current prison system has essentially become college for criminals, with survival of the fittest being taught as the curriculum.

Is that who you want moving in next door to you?

The get tough on crime approach has failed, and new approaches must be undertaken to overhaul the failing corrections system. The Bard Prison Initiative program should serve as a model as to what can be accomplished if we shift our focus from a punitive to restorative model of justice.

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Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, AlterNet, InfoWars, MintPressNews and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu


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REMY MA Say’s Jail Was A ‘Growing Experience’

Grammy-nominated Bronx rapper Remy Ma returned to her childhood home in the Castle Hill Houses with her husband, Brooklyn rapper Papoose, 36, after being released from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women after serving six years in the slammer for shooting and wounding a childhood pal in 2007 in a beef over $3,000 her victim allegedly took from her purse.


“I’m ready to get back to being a positive member of society and sharing my musical talents with the world,” Remy said.

Remy put out a remix of DJ Khaled’s “They don’t love you no more,” spitting out lyrics about her incarceration.






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