US federal executions continue

US federal executions continue with the execution of the only Native American man on federal death row, and a man who was sentenced in Missouri Federal Court  The federal government has executed three people on federal death row this summer. Daniel Lee (executed 7/15/20), Wesley Purkey (executed 7/16/20), and Dustin... [Read More]

Federal executions continue

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Save the Date!

Please join us next week, August 6th, from 7:00PM-9:00PM for an online screening of Ben Scholle’s  “Through the Cracks”. A film about Missouri death row prisoner Johnny Johnson, Severe Mental Illnesses (SMI) and the death penalty. After the screening there will be a short Q/A with panelists: [Read More]

The Fourth Federal Execution of Keith Nelson

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Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Contact: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, [email protected], 816-931-4177 Two warrantless federal executions have now taken place, will there be a third? (Missouri) — The federal government has now executed both Daniel Lee (executed 7/15/20) and Wesley Purkey (executed 7/16/20) this week in what attorneys are calling “illegal and... [Read More]

Federal Execution Watch and Vigils

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By the Grace of God

To let you know a little about myself, a brief testimony: My name is Tommie Covington, I’m 47 years of age, this is my first ever time in prison. I’m in my fourth year of a six year commitment. I know for a fact that I couldn’t have gotten this... [Read More]

Resumption of Federal Executions

The resumption of federal executions by the U.S. Justice Department after a decade-plus hiatus may affect the future of death-penalty litigation. Federal executions remain challenged in the high courts due to petitions from federal inmates, as well as federal justices who have differing opinions on the Death Penalty Act which... [Read More]

The Scheduled Execution of Russel Bucklew

Dear Friends, Here is my letter to Missouri Governor Greitens regarding Russell Bucklew’s execution scheduled for March 20th.  Let me urge you to help by: Prayer for Russell, taking action yourself.  Please call the governor at 573-751-3222 and ask him to grant clemency for Russell Bucklew. Also, pray that Russell... [Read More]

In His Hands

Drugs began to take over my life as I constantly dealt with feelings of loneliness and hopelessness. Then I found myself in the prison system for grand theft and exploitation. Since my incarceration, God’s hands have been upon me from the very first day and have shown me things about... [Read More]

Justice vs Just Us

Pastor Mark Glenn first joined the Cry Justice Now Newspaper in 1996, where he, along with Reverend Larry Rice and the CJNN Staff, brought to light abuses by correctional guards, poor living conditions and substandard medical care. Now Glenn returns to the CJNN as Editor. “Although 20 years has passed,... [Read More]

Cry Justice Now | Street News Volume 1-No 01

The Mirror – Poetry by Inmates

I looked in the mirror and tried to see, The creation of wonder I used to be. But pale sunken eyes are starin’ back, Bags beneath, almost black. I see moles and creases where smooth skin was once a cover, And look, there’s even one ear higher than the other.... [Read More]

Live in Faith – Poetry by Inmates

Promise yourself to be strong, that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything, and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best. Work only for the best and expect only the best. Forget the mistakes of the past, and press on... [Read More]

I Did Not Die Poetry by Inmates

Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not here, I do not sleep, I am a thousand winds that blow, I am diamonds gilt on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle Autumn’s rain, When you awake in the morning’s hush, I... [Read More]

Don’t Start the Day With Doubts and Fears – Poetry by Inmates

Don’t start the day with doubts and fears, For where they live, faith disappears. Love won’t grow in a gloomy heart, Where sorrows live and tear drops start. [Read More]


It was a cold Tuesday morning and one of our two-yards-per-week opportunities. I contemplated briefly remaining under the warm blanket, as being stuck on the yard for the next two hours seemed less appealing, but as usual, the rare chance to walk through the open door was enough of a... [Read More]

Making an Entry into a Life of Faith

If we do not make an entry into a life of faith, we will discover there are so many things we can be afraid of. We will fear crime, sickness, failure and the future. The list goes on and on. Fear will paralyze and destroy. Just look at the churches... [Read More]

Don’t Answer

Be not conformed to this world. If you live like the world, you’ll be overcome by the world. It’s as simple as that. So don’t let the world squeeze you into its own mold. Instead, “be transformed” by the entire renewal of your mind. Overcome the world by having your... [Read More]

Are You Ready to Bloom?

While in prison, I was given an assignment to clean and rake around a flower bed. While doing this work, I noticed a very ugly bulb on the top of a rose bush I was working around. It was dark green with brown and gray spots all over it. [Read More]

A Day Without Me - Poetry by Inmates

If tomorrow starts without me, And I’m not there to see, If the sun should rise and find your eyes, All filled with tears for me. [Read More]

Count Time - Poetry by Inmates

The officer just passed my door, [Read More]

Captive - Poetry by Inmates

Thumbing through volumes of past mistakes, [Read More]