Loen Kelley speaks with Michigan inmate Chris Dankovich about how his prison is handling the coronavirus.
“Covid-19 procedures in effect, masks on. Prepare for Chow,” the crackling PA announced. My door groaned open. I joined the snaking line to receive my breakfast tray. Someone darted away to a nearby cell. “Nuts [...]
The antisocial behavior of criminals is a symptom of a deeper illness that is not only the cause of crime but also the driving force behind untreated recidivism. The stated goal of incarceration should [...]
We were handcuffed in our boxers and shower slippers, barely awake. They, however, were ready, looking for a reason to hit the button. And to be dead honest, they would've dish-ragged us in that unit that night had we'd done or said anything.
When prisoners tested positive for the coronavirus at my prison, Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio, they were sent to solitary confinement to recover and quarantine. The problem was, after this protocol was put into place, [...]
I've watched countless faces pass through what seems to be a revolving door, leading out, and—all too often—right back into my home. It's rarely difficult to pinpoint who I'll see again by their behaviors while incarcerated. Some choose to believe the narrative that they're little more than animals—as evident by the cages they're locked in—while others cling to a sense of humanity with a vigor that's impossible to overlook, because it makes them a glaring minority in an environment where only ignorance and violence are praised.
About a week after Thanksgiving of 2004, I stabbed a cop (prison guard) when I was at the Barrington Unit, located between Houston and Galveston. I spent the next fifteen years in administrative segregation, or, [...]
It was as regular of an evening as possible here at the supermax prison I live in. My cellmate and I were smoking a contraband cigarette and counting our blessings. The Coronavirus had invaded our [...]