12.19.2012

I grew up in a prison town. Now I write, think, and teach prison policy & politics.

I'm a doctoral candidate in African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley currently writing a book-length manuscript entitled Courts, Contracts, and Corporate Corrections: The Paradox of the Private Prison State. I'm also co-directing a national campaign aimed at bringing transparency and accountability to the for-profit, private corrections industry. Learn more here or here.

From legislative testimony to community advocacy, I've collaborated with organizations including the ACLU's National Prison Project, Harvard Law School's Institute for Race & Justice, Southern Poverty Law Center, Prison Legal News, Justice Policy Institute, Prison Policy Initiative, and the National Prison Divestment Campaign.

My work has been featured in/on NPR, USA TODAY, Bill Moyers, Forbes, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Nation, The Tavis Smiley Show, The San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, and a variety of other publications.

I serve on the Board of Grassroots Leadership, a national organization dedicated to decarceration and the de-criminalization of immigrant communities.

Sometimes I write poems about the natural world.

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"Why For-Profit Prisons House More Inmates of Color" (NPR)

"Halt Private Prison Quotas" (USA TODAY)

"The Color of Corporate Corrections" (Tavis Smiley)

"Higher Profits Explain Why There Are More People of Color in Private Prisons" (Bill Moyers) 

"Why There's an Even Larger Racial Disparity in Private Prisons Than in Public Ones" (Mother Jones)

"Why Minorities are even more Overrepresented in Private Prisons" (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Revealed: Why Young, Nonwhite Men are the Most Profitable Inmates for Private Prisons" (AlterNet)

"Interview on RT's Breaking the Set"

"Report: People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons" (Colorlines)

"Why Minorities are even more Overrepresented in Private Prisons" (Business Insider)

"People of Color Disproportionately Incarcerated by Private Prisons" (David Pakman Show Interview)

"The Color of Corporate Corrections, Part II: Contractual Exemptions and the Overrepresentation of People of Color in Private Prisons" (The Journal of Radical Criminology)

"Private Prisons Are Exempted From Federal Disclosure Laws" (Forbes)

"The Top 5 Secrets of the Private Prison Industry" (Yahoo! Finance)

"The Color of Corporate Corrections" (The Journal of Radical Criminology)

"Interview on Private Prisons" (BreakThru Radio)

"Slowly Closing the Gates: A State-by-State Assessment of Recent Prison Closures" (Prison Legal News)

"Profiting Off Prisoners" (Andrew Sullivan @ The Daily Beast)

Majority Report Interview with Christopher Petrella on the Private Prison Industry (The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder)

"The Color of Corporate Corrections: Overrepresentation of People of Color in the Private Prison Industry" (Prison Legal News)

"Private Prison Lobby Pushes for Tougher Immigration Enforcement to Increase Profits" (NBC)

"Sponsoring a Florida College Football Team Can't Whitewash a Private Prison Company's Atrocious Record" (ACLU)

Break Thru Radio Interview with Christopher Petrella and Alex Friedmann on Private Prison Information Act (Break Thru Radio)

"Football Stadium Named After Private Prison Company Blurs Line Between Retribution and Recreation" (Truthout)

"HIV-Positive Inmates Too Expensive for Private Prison Operators?" (Counterpunch)

Truthout TV Interview with Christopher Petrella (Truthout TV)

"Largest Private Prison Group in U.S. Wishes You a Happy Black History Month" (Colorlines)















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