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Take A Look Inside The Prison System

Prison Writers mission is to give incarcerated people a voice and to educate people on the outside about what is really happening inside America’s prisons. Incarcerated writers gain a sense of confidence and pride knowing their words are being read by the general public. Prison Writers believes those closest to the problem are closest to the solution.

Fact or Fiction

There are more people in U.S. jails or prisons than there are in New Mexico.

Fact!

There are over 2.2 million people currently in a U.S. jail or prison. New Mexico’s population is less under 2.1 million.

Fact or Fiction

Offering college courses in prison costs taxpayers $4-5 per prisoner.

Fiction!

Taxpayers actually SAVE $4-5 per prisoner because taking college courses dramatically lowers recidivism rates.

Fact or Fiction

The annual cost to incarcerate one in federal prison is over $20,000

Fact!

It actually costs around $29,000 annually. Incarceration costs taxpayers almost $70 billion each year.

Read Their Stories!

Prison Writers has received hundreds and hundreds of stories from incarcerated writers, covering nearly as many topics. Explore their stories to learn more about cellmates, smuggling, contraband, abuse from prison guards, the lack of educational programs, gang life, lockdowns, rape, fights, water shortages, visitation, animals and more.

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Meet Our Writers

Chris Dankovich
Chris Dankovich
Kevin Boyd
Kevin Boyd
Jermaine Archer
Jermaine Archer
Christine White
Christine White
Charles Norman
Charles Norman
Brad Simpson
Brad Simpson
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Testimonials

There is a serious and necessary need to have a venue where prisoner’s voices can be heard. To deny society the opportunity to hear another side, to what goes on behind prison walls and prison gates, leaves a moot point, to the discussion, on how incarcerated citizens are treated in this nation.
Larry Stephenson
There are countless places that claim to care, but really don’t. Prison Writers takes the time to read, listen, and give actual feedback to help us grow intellectually. To have my voice heard means that I can help make a difference in the long run.
Matthew Lucero
Who better to let people know how things truly are, and how people are affected by the prison system, its conditions, its atmosphere, and its current policies, than those who are experiencing it first hand. This website allows people to see many different perspectives of prison life. It doesn’t just showcase the bad and what’s not working, but the good too, and what is working.
Jason Calvert

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