About

me

I’m building Voices of Justice (VoJ) in an attempt to combine real life stories told by prisoners, parolees, crime victims, parole officers and prison employees with data visualizations about the criminal justice system in order to raise public awareness about the crisis ballooning in the California prison system and the U.S. as a whole.

The idea is to enable interviewees to tell their stories, to create empathy and understanding between readers and storytellers, and to try and develop a better understanding of the moral and environmental factors that underpin our state and nationwide crisis.

In order to build VoJ, I’ll be hitchhiking around the entire state of California. I’ll be documenting this adventure, and the people I meet on it, too.

To learn more, watch this video:

Financial Transparency:
Voices of Justice is an independent project. Truth is there aren’t too many publications that care to publish this type of writing. For this reason, I’m financing Voices of Justice on my own with the help of donations from awesome people.

In that light, I’m cutting every corner and showing full financial transparency:

    • As of April 27th 2011, I’ve got $98.00 left in my bank account.
    • I’ve left the road and headed to Maine to finish writing VoJ stories in a place where I can conserve the most money — my parents house.
    • If you’d like to help VoJ stay alive, any contribution, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated.
    • You can donate here:

4 Responses to About

  1. On August 14, 2007 I was released from prison after having served over 37 years in 17 prisons in the state of New York. My story of rehabilitation and redemption was recently shown all over the world on the 700 Club. Please check out the video and share it with others in hopes of keeping them from doing what I and many of the people currently in prison have done to get there.

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jerry+balone&search_type=y

    If I can do anything to assist with your project, send me an email. Thank you.

  2. Please write me, I have a story for you from my “son” who’s been in and out of the system here in CA since he was 14, he’s now 23 and currently out. Also, I would like to make a donation but have a question for you. I can’t believe I never knew about you till today….I love what you’re doing and want to help.

  3. mamasita says:

    I’ve hitchhiked those same roads and others, as a female, but back in the 60′s and early 70′s. Then in 1975, another girl and I travelled the US in a camper van, on primarily secondary roads. I never had a bad experience. Some odd ones, but not bad. Traveling and talking to people are the most mind broadening educational teachings one can get.
    My own curiosity has caused me to wonder often, what is missing from people’s lives in the first place, that leads them down a destructive path? I believe there are at least 2 inherent elements we all need in our formative years, to avoid being destructive. One is approval and the other is hope. I’m afraid these are doled out in too short of supply. I wonder if the hole they leave is what so many are trying to fill up with self-defeating behaviors that one may not initially deserve to inherit. And one reason why rampant drug and alcohol abuse is turned to, to numb the pain of not feeling like you matter.
    Keep listening to others Luke, we all matter, and I hope that all in return, will treat you well. You’re doing good work. You matter.

  4. Tom says:

    “the crisis ballooning in the California prison system and the U.S. as a whole”

    great that you’re bringing even more awareness to this issue. There’s been a lot of attention on California’s failed prison system and the recent transfer of state prisoners to local prisons in just a band aid on a critical wound

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