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Whitman Wire

Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire


Rachel Husband, Publisher May 2, 2024

It was October 2020, and I was enrolled at Whitman College for my first semester. Of course, Whitman College, like many institutions, was operating virtually and I was living at home with my parents, attending...

Students learn alongside incarcerated classmates at Washington State Penitentiary

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Feature Editor February 2, 2023

At Whitman College, framed by exposed brick and wide open windows, students cut their teeth on abolitionist theory. A mile and a half from the center of Whitman’s campus, over 2,000 men are incarcerated...

Dean of Students appointed to Clemency and Pardons Board

Sebastian Squire, News Reporter October 27, 2022

After six years of volunteer work across 11 prisons, Dean of Students Kazi Joshua was appointed to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee's Clemency and Pardons Board in early October. The purpose of...

President Biden pardons thousands for marijuana possession

Nazaaha Penick, News Reporter October 27, 2022

President Biden’s original campaign promised to decriminalize the use of marijuana for “Black America.” After issuing a proclamation on Oct. 6, the following day Biden pardoned thousands convicted...

Powwow takes place at Washington State Penitentiary

Charlotte Wilken, News Reporter October 20, 2022

It has been almost three years since inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla have celebrated a traditional Indigenous powwow.  Powwows are native gatherings with singing, dancing...

Three strikes, you’re out! The cruel and unusual punishment of the three strikes law

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist March 4, 2021

Three strikes, you’re out! The terminology is laughable. A flippant expression that is used to discuss a game like baseball should not be used to determine someone's life. However, within penitentiaries...

Hunger Strike at the Washington State Penitentiary

Andrew Schwartz, Staff Reporter May 3, 2018

Jeffrey Owen Dorman was released this March after spending roughly 30 years bouncing between Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. On Easter Sunday, his sister prepared a big ham....

Whitman Students and Student Inmates Share Classroom

Elizabeth Friedman, Staff Reporter December 8, 2016

This fall, the Rhetoric, Incarceration and Civic Engagement and Incarceration class completed its final visit to the Washington State Penitentiary, a minimum-security prison near Whitman’s campus. The...

Criminal Injustice

Alya Bohr, Columnist April 14, 2016
When we tacitly accept these beliefs as truths, when we label those convicted of crime as categorically “evil” and then avert our eyes, we are doing a great disservice to the progress of our nation.
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