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Jimmy Santiago Baca: Words Have the Power to Change the World 

Jimmy Santiago Baca

April 27, 2018 - Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in New Mexico of Apache and Chicano descent in 1952. Abandoned as child, he was in an orphanage and was in and out of trouble as a teenager before eventually being incarcerated in the brutal and violent Arizona State Prison for five years. That was where he taught himself to read and began writing. His poems brought him attention from the literary world even before he got out of prison. Since then he has published numerous volumes of poetry, as well as novels and essays. His novel “Blood In Blood Out” was adapted into the film “Bound By Honor.” He has also worked extensively with people who are still incarcerated as well as young people and those living on the margins of society. Baca has won numerous awards including the American Book Award, Pushcart Prize, and the International Hispanic Heritage Award. He has held a Regents Chair at UC-Berkeley, the Wallace Stevens Endowed Chair at Yale University, and the Endowed Hulbert Chair at Colorado College. He also has an honorary doctorate from the University of New Mexico. His memoir “A Place To Stand” was made into a documentary of the same name in 2016.

Further Reading:  

Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Website

Wikipedia page

Jimmy Santiago Baca: From Prison To Poetry - NPR

The Line: Serving Parole In Prison

February 2, 2018 – In New Mexico, many prison inmates remain incarcerated despite being eligible for parole because they are waiting for a bed in a residential treatment program or halfway house. Inmates may also be held past their eligible parole date due to incomplete paperwork and administrative backlogs. For some, this “in-house parole” may last their entire parole term. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel discuss the problem and debate possible solutions.

Associated Press Article by Mary Hudetz – New Mexico holds hundreds of people in prison past their release date

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Sophie Martin, attorney
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator