Author Archives: Cherri Gann

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Engaged Research

I volunteered with the Hive Mutual Support Network because of its close fit with my anthropological focus – grassroots alternatives to the mental health system. And while I’ve shared how my own experiences with psychiatry connect to this work in … Continue reading

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Different Kinds of Misery

An update from Jennifer M., doctoral candidate studying prison reform: Andersonville, Georgia Standing in a muggy, buggy Georgia field, we tried to imagine Andersonville Prison as it was during the Civil War. Established as a Confederate prison to house Union … Continue reading

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Do I Believe in the Death Penalty?

An update from Bettye H., a graduate student: As a native Texan, I have always known about the prison in Huntsville. We drove past it time and time again on our way from Houston to visit my grandparents in Dallas. … Continue reading

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Alabama

An update from law student Brenda B.: Evidence shows a direct correlation between the lynchings of African Americans at the turn of the century and the modern use of the death penalty: the more prevalent the lynchings, the more prevalent … Continue reading

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Modeling and Exploring

The final stretch of my time as a Maguire fellow has brought about two critical stages of the design process: modeling and exploring applications. For the past several weeks I’ve been working to create a small collection of models. Since … Continue reading

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Equal Justice Initiative

An update from Grace C., a senior majoring in pre-law: Today we visited two of my favorite places: the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Equal Justice Initiative. I really appreciate all of the work they do to promote public … Continue reading

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Mississippi

An update from law student Brenda B.:   She shot us a quizzical look. “Now why are you going to Parchman?” Beth Henry asked in her sweet, Southern drawl. Outside Catherine’s Exquisite Edibles in downtown Cleveland, Mississippi, four of us, … Continue reading

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“Where do I go to receive justice?”

An update from Jennifer M., doctoral candidate studying prison reform: “Where do I go to receive justice?”  Anthony Ray Hinton asked this question at the end of his presentation at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL. He had just … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Oklahoma

An update from law student Brenda B.: Our first stop was the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum dedicated to the 168 victims and more than 600 survivors of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. … Continue reading

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