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From the prisoners’ perspective

September 8, 2017 | Susan Colón | The Standard-Journal

LEWISBURG — More than 200 people attended an event by the Lewisburg Prison Project and co-hosted by Bucknell University this week.

Rebecca Armstrong, outreach coordinator for the Lewisburg Prison Project, suggested a student/community event that would address the issue of incarceration and mental illness. The freshman book this year was “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. The book addresses the continued growth of incarceration and correlations due to race and socioeconomic status. Two excerpts from the book are, “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” and “The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.”

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Prison Project points to abuse at USP

December 1, 2016 | Matt Farrand | Standard-Journal

Allegations of abuse at USP Lewisburg are still a common occurrence since the new security protocols were instilled in 2009.  The prison uses hard restraints that cut off the inmates' circulation as well as other unnecessary punishments.  David Sprout, a paralegal and member of the Lewisburg Prison Project, believes that some of the actions of the penitentiary can be seen as torture.

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