Since Trump’s demand that we build a wall on our Southern border to stop illegal entry has partially shut-down our government, it is worth considering if walls are effective. A 2016 article in Politico Magazine, “The World is Full of Walls That Don’t Work”, claims, as it’s title states, that many walls have been built throughout history that have proven to be temporary fixes to political, social, and economic conflicts. The title intrigued me since as a former prison warden I took a heightened interest in the effectiveness of barriers in their multiple forms: solid, fenced, and electronic. (I will use the term ‘wall’ to be inclusive).... January 01, 2019
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Joeabram.com, you current location, is an eclectic site offering my photographs, books, blogs, and referrals to other sites. In addition, there is a link to my wife Nell’s quilting site, whcih is still under construction and should be complete in a month. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, opinions, and ideas. I hope you enjoy exploring our sites.
The Photos and Writings of Joe Abram
The true story of a prison warden's life as a white racist.... February 11, 2018
When the Muskegon Correctional Facility opened in the mid-nineteen seventies, it was dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of prisoners. Lead by a Warden with a Master of Social Work, MCF provided real educational opportunities (even busing prisoners to a local community college for glasses) to prisoners; but even more than that, it provided a normalized environment that came as close as possible to the free world, bringing in volunteers from a score of agencies and organizations to work with prisoners. Eddie Guerrero is a testament to how correctional rehabilitation can work--an approach that no longer exists in our prisons. MCF was a turning point in Eddie’s life.... July 06, 2017
The story of Eduardo Guerrero, A-133491, a prisoner with the Michigan Department of Corrections... July 21, 2016
Seeing other possibilities, Eddie tries to get out of drug dealing only to discover that once in, it's bloody hard to leave, literally.... April 02, 2017