Does Racial Integration in Prisons Work?

  In the past several years, there have been numerous court rulings that have declared segregation in prison housing unconstitutional. The United States as a whole has abandoned old policies of segregation for 50 years – everywhere but the prison system. [...]

My Crime: Jonathan Benson

On April 4th, 2011 I was pulled over for a taillight being burnt out. No big deal, right? Usually no, however I was “methin’ around” (high on meth) at the time and my kids were with me in the vehicle. I [...]

Prison Advice from a Prison Expert

  Those who claim to know such things tell us that ten thousand hours given to any one task leads to mastery of that task. So, after 205,000 hours in prison I'm going to qualify myself as a prison expert in [...]

My Crime: Christine White

How do I begin to tell you about my crime and the insane, muddled mess I made out my life in just a few days? It feels like an enormous, devastating monster made from spontaneity, loneliness and regret came crashing out [...]

Solitary Suicide

  Gabriele was an upbeat cat for a prisoner with a life sentence. I remember the day that I met him. I was having a difficult day trying to navigate all of the negativity that prison has to offer when suddenly [...]

39 Lessons Learned in Prison

The people in the position to help the most have the power to hurt the most. "I'm sorry" should not be the intermission between disrespectful acts. Every prisoner represents multiple victims and many represent lives lost. If you think that perfection [...]

It Takes Bigger Balls to Reform Florida Prisons

  Courtesy: Charles Norman Prisoners beaten to death by guards. A prisoner boiled alive until he died. A murder contract taken out against a released inmate by racist Ku Klux Klan (KKK) prison guards. Systemic brutality, widespread contraband smuggling, false statements, [...]

Chain-Gang Mating Rituals

  Courtesy of Charles Norman Big Willie Taylor came to my cell one evening after supper with a question. I knew it was a question because he never came to my cell unless he had a question that stumped [...]