Buddhist teacher Justin von Budjoss was a chaplain to staff at America’s most notorious jail—Rikers Island in New York. There he learned two important lessons: Buddhism really helps people, and prisons should be abolished.
Susan Moon on the spiritual journey of Jarvis Jay Masters, a Buddhist practitioner on death row in San Quentin prison.
Jenny Phillips reviews “That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row” by Jarvis Jay Masters, the powerful memoir first published in 2009 and now in the news in 2022 thanks to Oprah Winfrey’s picking of it for her famed book club.
Rebecca Solnit celebrated his 56th birthday with Jarvis Jay Masters, who has spent some 30 years on death row, as he seeks freedom through meditation.
In September over 30 local faith leaders gathered to help improve conditions of the juvenile building at New York’s infamous Rikers Island jail complex.
It is hard to like a man who is loud and obnoxious. Bulldog was not only loud and obnoxious, he was big and strong as well.
Buddhist attorney and restorative justice expert sujatha baliga has been named one of the 2019 fellows of the MacArthur Foundation.
Diversity is more than just representation. It’s about really meeting the needs of different communities. Pamela Ayo Yetunde suggests how Buddhism can address the mass incarceration of young black men and its terrible costs.
After the Supreme Court deemed it unconstitutional for a Buddhist prisoner to be executed without spiritual counsel while other prisoners receive such counsel, Texas has banned all spiritual counselors in execution chambers.
Patrick Murphy was told he could not have a Buddhist priest with him during his execution. The Supreme Court said that’s unconstitutional.