Going to Prison for Life

It's hard to endure going to prison for life -- and hard to endure the first day in a new prison, whichever it may be, even for someone who has over eighteen years in. You don't know where anything is, no [...]

Who Killed My Cellmate?

I've always turned to literature as my means of escape, especially in the midst of painful situations and despair. So, it's only fitting that I would relate most with Virginia Woolf the night I'd find my cellmate lying dead on a [...]

A Teenager’s First Day in Prison

  Courtesy: Jermon Clark Walking into Receiving and Discharging on my first day in prison, I felt what seemed to be a million butterflies bouncing off the inside of my stomach. Here I was, an 18-year-old first-time offender carrying [...]

Officer Down

An early scene in The Shawshank Redemption has the old-school convicts watching the new fish get off the bus and placing bets on which one will break first. Some guys, you can immediately tell, don’t belong here. They ain’t gonna make [...]

Coping with Stress in Prison

Prison is sometimes quiet. But it is never still. Peace is not the same as silence, and even then, silence is rare. Noise is constant, finding "meaning" in your days is elusive, and coping with stress in prison proves difficult.  Combining [...]

Why Solitary Confinement Is Torture

After spending over five years studying how prolonged periods of solitary confinement harm the brains, the only conclusion that I could come up with is that solitary confinement is torture. I’m not the only one who knows this.