Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Powerful Student Work on the PIC

This poem was written by University of Colorado at Denver Communication majors Ben Swales and Brendon Lenzi. Both are enrolled in PCARE founding member Stephen Hartnett's class Communication, Prison & Social Justice. Here's some of their reflections on their work:

"This piece was inspired by the daily rituals and corruption that exists in modern prison. We hoped to use our voice and our education to create a voice for prisoners.

"When someone is arrested we are read our Miranda rights, the first one is 'You have the right to remain silent.' They understand and warn us before we commit crime that our voice will be lost. We cannot forget how powerful a voice is. We also cannot forget how loud a voice is. We cannot forget behind every prisoner is a voice, this poem is supposed to prompt the audience to hear that voice."