Jerry Metcalf

Contributing Writer

Jerry Metcalf is a self-taught writer and artist who has spent the past 25 years behind bars in the State of Michigan. At the age of 20 he shot and killed a man. For that deplorable act of violence he is truly and deeply sorry. He is now a pacifist who has devoted his life to making the world a better place. He trains service dogs for Paws With a Cause (please visit, and donates his time to helping those whom suffer from mental illness.

During his time in prison he has learned several trades, has read thousands of books, and has grown more in touch with the Universe than he ever thought possible. He loves dogs, nature, and people. And can’t wait to get back out into society where he believes he can help make a difference.

In his spare time he meditates, paints abstract art, and exercises vigorously to maintain his health.

If you wish to read more of his work (including his fiction and poetry), view his art, buy one of his books, or purchase some of his art, you may do so by visiting him @ or MetcalfJr1 or or or emailing him @ His prison # is 251141.

Posts by Jerry Metcalf:

2021-09-06T22:20:06-04:00Daily Survival|

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 [...]

2020-06-04T11:37:32-04:00Hope & Change|

Why Prison Volunteers Change Lives

Throughout my 23 years of incarceration, many people have had a positive influence on my life, but none more so than the courageous volunteers who selflessly pour into American prisons each and every day, whether it be for religious purposes, substance [...]

2020-06-04T11:14:50-04:00Daily Survival|

How Art Saves My Life in Prison

There are two main emotions every convict locked away in America is forced to cope with during his incarceration: Anger, and Loneliness. Anger at the situation we've somehow brought crashing down upon ourselves, and anger at a system that refuses to [...]

2020-02-06T19:53:49-05:00Fellow Inmates|

A Rare Act of Kindness in Prison

[paypal_donation_button align="right"]By Jerry Metcalf The other day, while walking down the hallway here in my prison housing unit, I noticed something odd lying on the floor. I stooped to examine it, and for the life of me I couldn't figure out [...]