Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 11:11:26 -0700 (PDT)

Prison organizing

Irvine -- With millions of Americans in prison, there's a lot to do to improve their lot.

On Subversity today from 4-5 p.m. on KUCI 88.9 fm in Orange County (and via the Web at, we chat with Alan Mobley, convict turned criminologist and now trying to organize inmates to give them a political voice.

Alan Mobley is a native Southern Californian who first became interested in criminal justice issues in 1984, when he was arrested on narcotics charges. At that time the FBI claimed that Mobley led an organization that was the largest cocaine distributor on the West Coast. While in federal prison, Alan Mobley earned bachelor's and master's degrees in economics and sociology, respectively, and studied eastern philosophy and yoga. Upon release from prison in 1994, he entered the doctoral program in criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine. Since his graduation in 2001, Dr. Mobley has taught at UCI, consulted for state criminal justice agencies, philanthropic foundations, and community groups, and conducted research on faith-based corrections, prison privatization, and substance abuse treatment. His work has been published in books and professional journals, and he speaks widely on criminal justice reform. One of his current projects involves organizing convicted felons and their families to participate in the political process. Dr. Mobley lives in Southern California with his wife and two young children.

To chat with Mobley during the show, call 949 824-5824. You can also e-mail

Prison activist-scholar Angela Davis continues her Lectures on Abolition today at 5 pm at HIB 100 on UCI's campus. Her last lecture will be on Thursday at the same time and place.

Thanx for listening.


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