This is Arthur Longworth’s bio, in his own words:

Courtesy of Arthur Longworth

When Arthur Longworth began serving a sentence without the possibility of parole (LWOP) in 1985, he had just turned 20. He had a 7th grade education and had been raised in some of the most notorious boys homes in the state.

He was one of the first people to receive an LWOP sentence, and the youngest prisoner at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walls.

While incarcerated, he taught himself Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, and he now teaches college-level Spanish courses to other prisoners. Now 50, Longworth has won the PEN Prison Writing competition several times and continues to write about he realities of mass incarceration.

 


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Arthur Longworth #299180

Monroe Correctional Facility (WSR)

PO Box 777 

Monroe WA 98272