Convicted of nothing, woman jailed for nearly two weeks for lack of $33

Nancy G.

“Corn cannot expect justice from a court composed of chickens.” 

―African proverb

By John Cole Vodicka

Nancy G. is 54 years old. I took this photograph on this past Friday morning while she and I stood outside the Athens Homeless Day Shelter on North Avenue. Thanks to the Oconee Street United Methodist Church’s Community Bail Initiative, I was … Read the rest

Is jail the only answer for mentally ill man?

“The prison therefore functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers. This is the ideological work that the prison performs—it relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society,

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Church fund helps end 9-year probation

No more in bondage shall they toil;
Let my people go!
Let them come out of Egypt’s spoil;
Let my people go!
Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt’s land.
Tell old Pharaoh
Let my people go!

– traditional African American Spiritual

By Steve Williams

On Wednesday, May 19, Joshua J. appeared in Superior Court before Judge Patrick Haggard, cuffed … Read the rest