Author Archives: Tony Casson

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Evil Is Seductive

(Author’s Note: What follows was originally posted in 5 parts here in The Oakdale Chronicles very early on during my incarceration. It is the story of my attempted suicide and the week that followed while I was kept in a … Continue reading

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Do you really want to reform our prisons?

The following is something I posted on Medium.com recently: No dialogue on prison reform is complete without a serious look at the profit incentives found in the privatization of many of this nation’s prisons, both federal and state. I will … Continue reading

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“Pavlov’s Prisoners and the Prison Program Paradox”

“Pavlov’s Prisoners and the Prison Program Paradox” “Pavlov’s Dog” illustration (Pavlov 1928 & Goodwin 1991, p. 138). On Tuesday, February 10, I attended a ‘criminal justice reform’ conference at the Washington Post in Washington, DC called “Out of Prison, Into … Continue reading

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“Stories of a Prisoner’s Wife”

(Editor’s Note: Diane’s last post was back in August. Diane has had a rough time, as you will read, but her testimony is powerful, compelling, and is something we can all learn from.) Entry 25 by Diane S. Eight and … Continue reading

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MLK and the Academy Awards

In January of 2013, while still incarcerated at Oakdale, I gave a speech in a Toastmaster’s contest in the prison chapel to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (I got second place, by the way). I am re-posting the speech, … Continue reading

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