In The Press

Poetry & writing helps former inmates transform their lives
December 20, 2016, Off Script on WUSA 9

When a Book Club Lends More Than Just Books
December 5, 2016, GOOD Magazine

Challenges Faced by Returning Citizens
December 13, 2016, NewsTalk WJLA

Imprisoned as Teens, Speaking Out as Free Men for Change in Juvenile System
November 16, 2016, Social Justice Solutions

Aspen Ideas: Helping prison inmates turn the page through poetry
July 2, 2016, The Aspen Times

Through Poetry, Colorado Inmates, Communities Work To Build Bridges
June 24, 2016, Colorado Public Radio

Radio Interview with Apprenticeship Speaker Robert Stocks on “The Fam in the Morning”
May 27, 2016, 93.9 WKYS

Viewpoint: Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
April 20, 2016, NBC4

From “Ex-Offenders” to “Returning Citizens”
March 30, 2016, Prison Radio Around the World

Free Minds Engages Poetry and Dialogue to Mitigate Violence
March 23, 2016, The Examiner

‘Free Minds Book Club’ Empowers Young Inmates in D.C. Jail
March 16, 2016, ABC7/WJLA-TV

Atlanta Congressman, Civil Rights icon John Lewis visits D.C. Jail inmates
February 25, 2016, ABC7/WJLA-TV

Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis encourages teens at D.C. jail
February 24, 2016, The Washington Post

John Lewis talks about his graphic novel — and his amazing life — to teenagers in jail
February 24, 2016, Yahoo News

Free Minds Spoken Word with DC Legendary Musicians Band (video, 3:05)
February 23, 2016, The Kennedy Center

Towards Decarceration: Can Media and Technology Challenge the Status Quo?
January 25, 2016, The Center for Media Justice

January 2016 Community Cornerstone Awards Recipient: Reentry Program Manager Keela Hailes
January 31, 2016

Press Release: Colson Task Force Recommendations Fail to Address Urgent Requests of DC Advocates
January 26, 2016

Press Release: Authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely Speak to Juveniles Charged as Adults at DC Jail
January 21, 2016

Individual Silver Spring Coffeehouse Reopens
January 2016, The Washington Post

Re-Entry Program Gives Former Inmates a Fresh Start
December 2015, KCCI 8 News

Local Nonprofits Win 21st Century Solutions Grants
November 2015, NBC4

Untold Stories from Prison Revealed Through Poetry
October 2015, The Examiner

ED Tara Libert interview in Geneva Switzerland
October 2015, Congress Justice Juvenile 2015

Washington, DC, forum examines trauma-informed approaches to end school-to-prison pipeline
September 2015, ACES Too High News

Rewriting a Prison Sentence (full article)
September 2015, Sojourners Magazine

Obama im Knast (Obama in Jail)
August 2015, ZDF Media, English Translation (pdf)

D.C.-Based Writing Workshop For Incarcerated Youth Expands Across The Country
July 2015, DCist

Interview with Tara and Free Minds Member Eddie (interview starts at timecode 30:31)
July 2015, emPower Hour, WPFW 89.3 FM

An Ex-Con Is Probably Helping Prepare Your Meal
July 2015, Washington City Paper, featuring Free Minds member Will Avila’s cleaning company, Clean Decisions

DAR’s Impact on Communities Today (video, 3:50)
June 2015, Daughters of the American Revolution


Members of Free Minds Perform at “Our Voices” by Our City Festival 2015
June 2015, Video from the Our City Festival

Festival Uplifts Incarcerated Youth
June 2015, Street Sense

This Life: A jail term, a job and a second chance
April 2015, Washington Post article on Free Minds member Robert Barksdale

Free Minds: The Healing Brotherhood of a Book Club Behind Bars
April 2015, Montgomery Blair High School’s SilverChips Article on Free Minds

Reading and Writing as Ticket Out of Solitary Confinement — and Prison
April 2015, Huffington Post article on Free Minds member Phil Mosby

7 Questions: Tara Libert, Executive Director of Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop
April 2015, Catalogue for Philanthropy blog post

D.C. Public Library Pitches In To Create First-Ever Library For Inmates At D.C. Jail
March 2015, WAMU 88.5 American University Radio Listen

DC Jail Adds Library for Inmates (video)
March 2015, NBC Washington

How a book club is helping to keep ex-offenders from going back to jail
February 2015, Washington Post article on Free Minds members

From Felony To A Future: D.C. Man Works To Find A New Path In Life
January 2015, WAMU 88.5 American University Radio Listen

Eastern High School blog about the “On the Same Page” session
December 2014

Actor Hill Harper to Visit Juvenile Inmates in D.C.
November 2014

GWAC Supports Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
November 2014, Greater Washington Area Chapter on Free Minds

An artist sent prisoners blank postcards – look at what he got back
November 2014, PBS article about Window from Prison

Free Minds road trip to Scranton
October 2014,  University of Scranton Pennsylvania,”The Aquinas”

What D.C. prison inmates wish they could see from behind bars
October 2014, Washington Post article about Windows from Prison

Bruised optimism in a fight for survival, translated from the original Swedish
August 2014, Hufvudstadsbladet HBL, article about two Free Minds members

Beyond bars: US prisoners on the view they’d most like to see from their cells – in pictures
August 2014, The Guardian article about Windows from Prison photography project

Windows Without Prison Bars
July 2014, New York Times blog about Windows from Prison photography project

Ban the Box: Disclosing A Criminal Record When Job Hunting
July 2014, Huff Post Live segment feat. Outreach Coordinator Sherman Justice

How Banning One Question Could Help Ex-Offenders Land A Job
July 2014, NPR Morning Edition feat. Outreach Coordinator Sherman Justice

College Park app developer helps inmates connect with loved ones
June 2014, Maryland Gazette article about Marcus Bullock and Flikshop

Why charging teenagers as adults makes everyone less safe
May 2014, Vox article about Judge Our Youth campaign feat. FM member Anthony

Book carts planned at DC jail by fall
April 2014, Washington Post article about DC Jail Library Coalition

Books Behind Bars: Community Action For Restorative Justice
April 2014, Street Sense article about the DC Jail Library Coalition

Book club for former inmates uses grant from GW to transform lives
March 2014, GW Hatchet

How Prison Book Club Can Reduce Crime (video)
Highlight reel featuring FM member Will Avila
March 2014, HuffPost Live

DC’s Youth Face Solitary Confinement in District Jails and Federal Prisons
December 2013, Solitary Watch

Reading To Break Recidivism
December 2013, Corrections.com

Washington, D.C.: A Question of Freedom
December 2013, Prison Poetry Workshop radio show featuring Free Minds


Co-Founder and Executive Director Tara Libert testifies on the importance of a library at the DC Jail, along with testimonies from Free Minds members Alisha, Maurice, and Deante.

Your Body’s Not Free, but Your Mind Is
November 2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Flikshop Aligns Mission with Two Washington, DC Area Outreach Organizations
September 2013, Flikshop press release

In D.C., life after prison poses extra challenges for youths convicted as adults
September 2013, Washington Post article about Free Minds member Gary

Project Sets Imprisoned Minds Free
July 2013, Street Sense article about Write Night

The lifers book club: Of mice and men, hopes and regrets at the Limon prison
January 2013, Westword News article about Colorado Book Club inspired by Free Minds

Tara Libert: Motivating Youth to Pursue Positive Life Paths
December 2012, Linowes Award, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Catalogue for Philanthropy Blog on Write Night
November 2012

In Your Hands: A Documentary on Re-entry
Featuring Co-founder and Executive Director Tara Libert

ABC Channel 7 Feature on Seaport Foundation
Free Minds member Bobby, seen in this video, graduated from the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in August 2012
July 2012

Free Minds in Prison Education News
July 2012

Documentary about Free Minds member Michael Kemp by American University student Kaneia Mayo
May 2012

Shining a Light in the Darkness of Prison
Article about the power of reading in prison by formerly-incarcerated writer John Lash, April 2012

U.S. Department of Justice Issues New Regulations Protecting Children in Adult Jails and Prisons from Sexual Abuse
Press Release from Campaign for Youth Justice, May 2012

Campaign for Youth Justice Holiday Book Drive

Michael Kemp, Free Minds Reentry Coach and Member featured in an article in Deseret News
Scroll down to bottom to read about Michael!

Michael Kemp, Free Minds Reentry Coach and Member guest blogging for the Washington Post’s The Root.

Catalogue for Philanthropy Giving Guide 2011

The 3-Minute Interview: Tara Libert
The Washington Examiner, July 31, 2011

Free Minds featured grantee in DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Video

Catalogue for Philanthropy’s blog “Good Works” Profiles Program Director Juliana Ratner
Good Works, June 30, 2011

Free Minds Founders Tara Libert and Kelli Taylor Interviewed
Woolly Radio, February 11, 2011

Reaching Out To Families Behind Bars
WAMU Metro Connection! December 12, 2010

Book Drive Benefits Youth Held in City Jail
Afro, December 8, 2010

For one of Sudan’s ‘lost boys’ and teens in D.C. jail, a shared struggle
Washington Post, October 8, 2010

Hear Us Out: Read local press coverage of the event from the Informer

Hear Us Out: Watch a feature on the poetry reading and see Free Minds members perform their poetry from Coffeehouse TV

On the Inside
Global Fund for Children blog, October 2009

Reader Spotlight: Ted and Gerald ‘J-Man’ Best, of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Washington Post Book World, May 5, 2009

Free Minds Uses Books and Writing to Show Incarcerated Youth A Better Way
Examiner.com, Mar 25, 2009

In Prison at the ‘End of the Earth’ – D.C. Youths are Jailed Across the U.S., Making Family Connections Difficult
The Washington Post, December 27, 2008

In Memoriam: Derrick Green and Chris Taylor
Street Sense, Page 9, August 2008

Reading Gives Inmates Hope for the Future
ABC 7 News, Friday Jan 25, 2008

Words of Hope: Book Club Offers Jailed Youth a Second Chance
Street Sense, July 1, 2007 – July 15, 2007

His Body Imprisoned, His Mind Set Free
The Washington Post, Sunday Jun 10, 2007

Prisoners Find Release through Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop
East of the River, Dec 2007

An Outlet for Anger, and Fear
The Washington Post, Aug 7, 2004

[Free Minds] taught me a lot about concentration, staying focused, and thinking positive. Before I joined Free Minds my mind wasn't free, I always thought I was made for the streets and nothing else, until they got me to write my first poems, read books, and things of that nature. They helped me open my eyes to bigger dreams and long term goals, they also helped me get into programs that prepare me for the working world and the future. Thank you Free Minds for everything.
– DeAnte, Age 21