Wall of room in Ward Retreat 1 at St. Elizabeth's psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C. Via the Otis Historical Archives National Museum of Health and Medicine.

A Message from Prison

When somebody just needs to disappear.

Killing the Buddha

Set Free on Holy Thursday

Today I watched a man go free. I was on a jury, trying him for the crime of breaking into an apartment and stealing a cell phone. We heard the…


Let Freedom Wring

I didn’t know it was Banned Books Week when I attended the discussion on Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at the school…

Eastern State Penitentiary, from the series "Abandoned Souls" by Ted Daniels. Click the image to see more.

Imagining Prisons

From a Protestant monastery to the prison-industrial complex.


Hear the Prison Panel

The May 1st KtB panel on “The Prison-Spirituality Complex” was a big success, and now you can hear it in full, whether you were able to make it to The…

Killing the Buddha

A Jam-Packed Weekend of Prison Panels

Whet your prison-panel appetite, the Friday night before KtB’s Prison-Spirituality Complex. Join Anthony Cardenales, Piper Kerman, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, for the PEN Prison Writing Panel, moderated by Jackson Taylor.…

Killing the Buddha

A Preview of KtB’s Prison Panel Saturday

What’s on tap for KtB’s “Prison-Spirituality Complex” panel discussion this Saturday night? Redemption stories that have shaped America’s prisons. Fantasies of solitude that have made solitary confinement the American way of…

Hoping for Option B

Two brothers talk about the death penalty, kayaking, and the reality of evil.

Killing the Buddha

Get Out of Jail with God

Mark Bergen, KtB circulation manager and writer, has a piece over on Religion Dispatches today. Responding to gutted state and federal budgets, the religious right is stepping into America’s prisons,…

Eastern State Penitentiary

Panel: The Prison-Spirituality Complex

Saturday, May 1, 2010 7:00 – 9:00 PM (Cocktail hour begins at 6:00) The Tank Space for Performing and Visual Arts 354 W. 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Ave.)…


Abandoned Souls

Photographing spaces of enforced meditation at Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary.

Killing the Buddha

Locked Up; Thrown Out

Six years ago today, sitting in front of a television with the rest of the country, we jotted down a few thoughts that soon became a reflection on the World…

"'Pray for strength,' he said.  'I need strength.'"


An ex-con challenges his teammate’s faith.


What’s Past Jersey?

A dispatch from the co-founder of The Lineage Project, an organization bringing storytelling, meditation, and yoga to incarcerated youth in New York City and Riker’s Island City Jail.