Mr. Dole is currently serving a life-without-parole sentence after being wrongfully convicted. He continues to fight that con¬viction pro se. He has been continuously incarcerated since 1998. He spent nearly a decade of his life in the notorious Tamms Supermax Prison in complete isolation. Tamms was shuttered in 2012 after an intense campaign by human rights groups and the families and friends of prisoners who were confined and tortured there. Mr. Dole’s first essay, which won him first place in a prison writing contest, was included in the book “Lockdown Prison Heart”(IUniverse, Inc., 2004).
Since then he has written a number of articles, essays, poems, research papers, and legislative proposals, two of which were catalysts for Illinois legislation (a bill and a resolution). He has won four different PEN America Writing Awards for Prisoners.
He has been published in Stateville Speaks Newsletter, Prison Legal News, The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (Vol.20,No.2, 2010), Graterfriends Newsletter, The Insider Magazine, The Mississippi Review, The Public I Newspaper, as well as numerous places on-line such as www.realcostofprisons.org, PrisonLawBlog.com, and SolitaryWatch.com. Most recently an essay of his was included in the anthology “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough” ( www. theotherdeathpenalty. org ).
Mr. Dole is both a jailhouse journalist and a jailhouse lawyer, as well as a watchdog fighting to ensure that Illinois agencies are in compliance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
He is also a member of the National Lawyer’s Guild. Mr. Dole has educated himself by taking dozens of correspondence courses and reading hundreds of books.
You can contact Mr. Dole via snail mail at the following address, and he will respond to all letters he receives:
Joseph Dole K84446
Stateville Correctional Center
Joliet, IL 60434
A Costly American Hatred
by Joseph Rodney Dole II
A Costly American Hatred is an in-depth look at how America’s hatred of “criminals” has led the nation down an expensive path that not only ostracizes and demonizes an ever growing segment of the population, but is also now so pervasive that it is counterproductive to the goals of reducing crime and keeping society safe, wastes enormous resources, and destroys human lives.
Control Units and Supermaxes: A National Security Threat
Published: June 13, 2016
Unbeknownst to the majority of the public, isolation chambers in prisons have proliferated over the past few decades to the point where 100,000 people or more are being held in long-term solitary confinement on any given day in the United States. Even less known by the average citizen is the serious threat supermax prisons and control units pose to the country as a while.
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