As a hardcore criminal, it was only a matter of time before I went to prison. What every detective knows, and most criminals don't, is that your average criminal is actually smarter than the cops [...]
YOU OVERSLEPT. So you are rushing. Maybe to a call-out or program. You throw on your greens. Lace up your boots. A buzzer screams, long and grating. You glance warily around your cell; you may [...]
Prison is restrictive, and many items common in the free world are not allowed. But prisoners are an inventive bunch of outlaws without respect for rules. In such an environment, restrictions are bound to crumble, [...]
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."
The elderly in prison don’t fight well, was my thought when I saw Isaac hit the infirmary floor. Just not quick enough. Isaac was a lean 6-foot-3 and a Marine Corps veteran
I have been in prison for 34 years, serving a life sentence for a murder I did not commit. My trial judge was the father-in-law of the murder victim in my case. My trial judge’s [...]
In my 29 years in prison, I’ve only known two serial killers personally. The most infamous one was Elmer Wayne Henley. He has had numerous magazine articles written about him and his crimes. He’s also in a book about serial killers.
Convicts like drugs. A lot. These are their stories… the stories of the most popular drugs in prison. Between 80-90% have some form of substance-abuse in relation to whatever put them in prison. Drugs are everywhere.
There are all types of contraband in prison usually due to corrupt staff and visitors who come in. But why do prison guards smuggle contraband for prisoners? A prison Jargon term “duck" refers to an institution employee
America was built off of profits made from the stolen bodies and labor of African hostages—slaves. History teaches us that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was about economics. As was the civil war and Jim Crow.
In Michigan we call it selling slum. A symphony of baritones, reverberating air full of testosterone: men in discord. After a certain point, I don’t even hear words anymore.
I had to join a gang to protect myself from bullies when I was 12. In fact, I joined the same gang as my father and was he was the one who had me jumped in [assigned him his initiation duties].
When I was a big time drug dealer in the street, I had 2 cars, one motorcycle and about $27k cash and I was 21 yrs old. I owed no one a dime and I had $4,500 worth of music equipment in the truck of my car,
After two years of putting up with the rednecks as a permanent worker at the North Florida Reception Center in Lake Butler, I was guaranteed the opportunity to transfer to the Florida prison of my choice.