Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar


Maya Schenwar is the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better and the editor-in-chief of Truthout, an independent social justice news website. She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Jersey Star-Ledger, Ms. Magazine, Prison Legal New  and others. She is the recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award and a Lannan Residency Fellowship, both for her writing on prisons. Previous to her work at Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine and served as media coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Maya Schenwar Articles

Women In Prison Are Denied Their Humanity

A "get them out" framework—a framework of decarceration—must be introduced to the racist, violent prison system.