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POPS is a network of school clubs. We are a community of students, teachers and their friends who are creating a safe and nurturing community for those who have endured the Pain of the Prison System


P.O.P.S. (pain of the prison system) is a network of high school clubs providing a space where students struggling with the pain of the prison system--with stigma, sorrow and shame-- find support, community and opportunities for expression.

Our first POPS Anthology, RUNAWAY THOUGHTS, has been selected as one of the top 34 titles of 2015 by Library Services for Youth in CustodyCopies are available (as softcover or ebook) on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and in bulk through Ingram Spark Lightsource or by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in bringing a POPS club to your school, please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read about our origins here Zocalo Public Square

Read Diane Lefer's powerful story on children with incarcerated parents LA Progressive

Listen to us in conversation with NPR's Madeleine Brand on Press Play POPS the Club

Read about us in the November issue of California Educator Magazine (pages 47-48)

P.O.P.S. wishes to thank Tim Allen, Lowell Sanders, Frazer Smith and Jamie Masada at The Laugh Factory for making our first fundraiser so wonderful!


"POPS the club should be in every high school in California." -- Robert Barton, Inspector General of California

Spoonful of Wisdom

spoonSpoon-ful of Wisdom welcomes questions from those who know someone in prison and wish to communicate with that person in the best way possible. Do you have questions about how incarceration is affecting your loved ones? What you might expect when you visit? Or anything else…ask Spoon Jackson by writing to