Spoon Jackson and Hung Ly both worked for the Solano Visions Newsletter, and both were sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP).
Recently, Hung Ly, a member of the Lifers With Optimistic Progress, received a commutation for his sentence. Spoon Jackson, who was locked up in 1977, is still waiting for his commutation, and he interviews Hung Ly about the process of waiting for politicians to show mercy, about being older in prisons where he has to be housed in dorms, hearing all the stories on how others are getting released to the streets again, where he is still waiting for the politicians to decide whether he is reformed, even though the family of the victim has long since forgiven him…
Listen here to this story by Spoon and Hung about LWOP
Listen to Spoon Jackson’s poem At night I fly…
Screenshot from Uncuffed Poetry, by Spoon Jackson, on the KALW website (“Uncuffed” producers Damon Cooke (left), Steve Drown (middle), and Spoon Jackson (right) ).
SEARCH FOR REDEMPTION
Richard Brown Jr. / CSP Solano
Have the mistakes of our past devalued our worth?
We were exquisite, extremely precious at birth…
How can someone become unwanted and worthless?
When with every breath they now want to give their best…
Or destined to be discarded, thrown away like trash.
Never given a second chance to right the past.
Can we have the opening to show how we’ve grown?
Or is that no longer plausible the chance gone?
Separated, lonely the final exemption…
Can we better ourselves and search for redemption?
This poem is dedicated to the countless men and women who are serving LWOP sentences across the U.S.
NEVER GIVE UP HOPE on your search for REDEMPTION