‘Starred Up’ packs a punch

Despite the flashy title, being “Starred Up” is anything but glitzy for main character Eric Love (Jack O’Connell, “Unbroken”). In this horrifyingly authentic prison drama, director David Mackenzie paints a tragic picture of a young life behind bars, all while keeping his audience as captive as his volatile protagonist. Part
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Cruel and Unusual

Anxiety shook me when my fifth-grade teacher assigned us a paragraph on what we thought about Stanley “Tookie” William’s death sentence. Williams, a former leader of the Crips charged with several accounts of first-degree murder, was put on death row in California. In prison, he began writing anti-gang and anti-violence
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Filling jail cells instead of college classes

The Political Circus

Fellow California residents, you’re paying about $13,000 for tuition. But it’s very possible you could be paying as much as $20,000, because of the drastic cuts the state has been making to education, both higher and K-12. Just a few years ago, when the state passed its 2007-08 budget, higher
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End solitary confinement

Solitary confinement is torture. Today, I woke up at 9:30 am, exercised at the gym, walked home for breakfast, attended three classes and shared dinner with friends. It was a typical Thursday. Now imagine being stuck behind a steel door for more than 22 hours each day. You have not
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And they remain in chains

He stepped on stage followed by a dull silence. It felt like something phenomenal was going to happen; something extraordinary was going to pop out of the ground and shake the earth. But only words came out of his mouth; words that seemed politely appropriate for an occasion of remembrance
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