I realize this is obvious as hell, but here's the data. Data confirms that police treat Black Americans with less respect. A Stanford University analysis of police bodycam footage from nearly 1,000 vehicle stops substantiates [...]
In the cell, the dayroom, on the yard, at work and in the clinic, there’s no refuge. The rapes, beatings, robbery, threats, and sadly the killings of us transsexuals continue. The cops don’t care. They look the other way and blame us for being trans. But some of them are drawn to us as well, male and female. Men and women doctors inspect my genitals. There are daily strip searches, in front of others. I wear baggy clothes to conceal my bumps and curves. Still, I’m so obvious.
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.
Peter was a nineteen-year-old bisexual inmate who was rumored to be a convicted sex offender. That was already at least two strikes. He was also small, weighing maybe 120 pounds. To top it off, Peter had a mental disability. He was smart, but was slow to respond, or pick up on verbal cues.
As we know, I am currently in prison, which I have learned does one of two significant things to its occupants: brings the best out of them, or the worst...
Scottie’s Thorazine shots became routine, every two weeks. If Scottie resisted, which he did at first, he’d get beaten up, four-pointed, and still get the shot. At some point he decided to save himself all the trouble, and when they showed up with the goon squad and the needle-toting nurse, he learned to roll over and accept it.
One day I was returning from the morning yard recreation. As I neared the entrance gate, I heard a "Thwap!” and saw a body fall to the concrete few feet ahead of me. Instead of [...]
I don't think that anyone believes U.S. prisons will ever serve quality meals, certainly prisoners are not holding their breath. I have come across many prisoners who’ve become ill from food poisoning over the years. [...]
There aren't many positive prison programs available in the criminal justice system these days. But forty-years ago, college courses were offered with the possibility of achieving two and four year degrees. During the "Reagan Era," [...]
Agnes Fury is the mother and grandmother of author Leonard Scoven’s two victims. Years ago, she contacted Scovens in prison to find answers and closure. Amazingly, their relationship turned into a friendship after the two corresponded for years — before the two published a book together about restoration and forgiveness, called Wildflowers in the Median. (!)
Editors Note: Mustafa Zulu spent 20 years in solitary confinement in the harshest Federal Prison in America: ADX Florence in Colorado. One day, he was told he was moving to a STATE prison in North [...]
Everyone in prison is ready to help in some way or another, but the word “help” has a very fluid definition. It can mean to do something to assist, but also to extort or rape or kill. I learned it’s better to be as independent as possible in here.
There are the ubiquitous ones - Stretch, Preacher, Shorty, Lucky, Cowboy, Solo, Fats, Junior, Nephew, Deuce, and Viking. Einstein makes rocks look like intellectuals.
Solitary confinement is now firmly embedded in this country’s prison system. Indeed, the control units that specialize in housing prisoners in solitary by the tens of thousands throughout the US have become the new [...]