As readers of this space know, I’m very involved with the Dart Society.
We’ve come a long way in the past year.
In March we had a successful gathering in Tucson for journalists who covered the Gabrielle Giffords shooting.
In May we had our first major fundraiser in New York City-an event where Gloria Steinem spoke as we honored Frank Ochberg.
In June Jim Lehrer joined our ranks after we met him in Washington, DC.
And in August we launched Dart Society Reports, our online magazine.
Today we published our second issue.
Edited by Jina Moore, and ushered through by Deirdre Stoelzle Graves, this issue focuses on incarceration.
The main pieces are a story and video by Susie Greene about long-term solitary confinement.
It’s wrenching stuff.
Greene talks with men who were alone in their cells, with lights buzzing incessantly, for more than 20 years.
They talk about the mental toll it took on them, and how that pain has not ended with their release.
The product of years of research and correspondence with the prisoners, Greene’s project is just one of this issues treats.
As Jina Moore writes in her Editor’s Note:
Other Dart Society members and friends reflect on a varied prison landscape. We meet the end of things: Iraqi blogger Ali Rawaf interrogates the increasing use of capital punishment in Iraq. Patricia Murphy recalls witnessing her first execution, and Melissa Manware Treadaway wonders when she’ll get the call to watch the execution of a man she’s been writing to for nearly 15 years.
But we also meet the arts: Huascar Robles writes about bringing multimedia to incarcerated youth, and taking away surprising lessons. Mary Wiltenburg and Andy Nelson explore Shakespeare in prisons and one man’s surprising journey toward acknowledging his crimes.
We meet disappointment: Gina Barton writes of losing a promising source to prison once more. But we also meet hope: Joseph Rodriguez shares one of the many stories of return he’s been documenting through photography over 20 years in Los Angeles.
In short, it’s a powerful issue and I hope you check it out and spread the word.
In the meantime, I want to congratulate all involved in the issue. It’s another in a series of significant accomplishments as we continue to grow the organization.