I Stand Up for the LGBTQ Community

The LGBTQ community is the most persecuted group of people in Michigan prisons. Between prison guards, other convicts, and the overall MDOC administration, LGBTQ prisoners often can't catch a break. Just the other day, while working out during one of those [...]

How To Be A Father In Prison

There’s a multitude of reasons why it’s important to be a father in prison. However, to me, the most important thing is to do all that’s humanly possible to help your children avoid the many pitfalls that can cause them to [...]

Who Guards the Guards?

Sergeant McKay* was passing out the food trays, sliding the trays through the slot in our metal doors. Every convict on the confinement tier knew you just don't ask Sergeant McKay to pass your food tray to someone else for you. Everyone knew that except Ray "Noodles."

Fighting COVID in Prison — And Giving Up

  I watched my friend’s face with skepticism.  No one in their right mind hoped for something so sinister. Yet his steady eyes only stared back at me, repeating what he had just said: “Seriously, part of me hopes I catch [...]

Ban the Felony Box

In October of 2008, my then-girlfriend and I were denied an apartment, forcing us to move back to Arlington from Chicago. At the time I was 26 years old. My family and I were still being punished for a felony theft [...]

Long-Term Incarceration: When The Time Hits You

The expression "when the time hits you" is used in reference to inmates with long sentences.  It’s the moment when long-term incarceration forces an inmate to assess the gravity of his situation. I’m talking 15-year sentences -- or more. Now, I [...]

Prison: The Final Frontier

The world changed when a shocked nation saw the horrific video of George Floyd’s life being snuffed out by officer Derek Chauvin. Floyd’s death sparked outrage and in the aftermath people took to the streets--white and black together--wearing their Black Lives [...]

The Day My Mom Vanished

I was four years old when my mom vanished out of thin air one day. Both of my parents were high school dropouts and were involved in their second marriages. My father had already produced seven other children that he was [...]