Arkansas

An update from law student Brenda B.: “Man cannot outdo God. I don’t hate no more. I love everyone.” – 72-year-old John Henry “Shep” Sheppard, a Rockefeller 15, whose death sentence for the murder of a white woman in 1964 was commuted to life in prison. “I don’t think about the time I’ve spent in jail, but I think about what I did every day.” John Henry encourages new inmates transition to prison life: “These are my children.” Our second stop brought us to the Cummins Unit, the 16,000-acre Department of Corrections prison in Gould, Arkansas. With an inmate population of about 1,800, this “prison farm” uses inmate labor to grow crops, maintain a dairy farm, produce leather products, and make [...]