Tag Archives: Imprisonment

Dutch criminology prize for liftetime achievement awarded posthumously to Louk Hulsman

Louk Hulsman, a founding member of the Common Study Programme, was recently posthumously awarded the Willem Adriaan Bongerprijs award for lifetime achivement by the Dutch Society for Criminology during the annual NVK congress June 19th, at the University of Leiden, Holland. The prize consists of a re-publication of a selection of his work, that will appear on the memorial of his death in January 2010.  For more information about the award or Louk’s penal abolition activism please visit his website www.loukhulsman.org which is regularly updated and maintained by his daughter Jehanne Hulsman


www.commonstudyprogramme.org launched

We have finally purchased the domain http://www.commonstudyprogramme.org which is now operational.  While still a bit unwieldy the domain is considerably shorter than previously.  So please update your bookmarks accordingly.  This also allows us to move off the wordpress server or to a wordpress.org (a different system) if we so choose.

The Imprisonment of Rev. Louis Barrios, PhD

For those who are not already aware of the case of the ‘SOA-6’, ‘School of the Americas-6’,  Rev. Louis Barrios, PhD Chair of the John Jay Latina/o Studies Program was sentenced to two months in federal prison along with five fellow protesters for ‘trespassing on Fort Benning military base in Georgia.  A short article by his colleague, co-author and close friend David Brotherton in the Guardian today helped to raise the profile of the case.

When my colleague Luis Barrios was sent to federal prison five weeks ago, after being convicted of trespassing – a “class B” misdemeanor typically warranting a fine, community service or short-term imprisonment in a county jail – during a protest at the infamous School of the Americas, I said to him: “At least you’ll be in Manhattan, at least you’ll be near family and friends.” “Yes,” he said, “but you never know what will happen. You can go in there for a month and come out in a year.”

For more information on Rev. Dr. Barrios and his fellow protesters please see the School of the Americas Watch page dedicated to their cases.  Included in their profiles are addresses where letters can be sent for them.