California

2020-09-18T07:20:34-04:00Daily Survival|

Dear Drugs

Dear Drugs, I have been free of you only a few weeks and my mind is just clear enough to know I miss you. Every day I remember how I felt when I was yours and I think maybe it was [...]

How To Survive in a Women’s Prison

Our doctors look like Doogie Howser and approach patients like a short order cook does breakfast. It’s easy to believe we’re part of some unknown experiment. I often have visions of us all being like Jeff Goldblum in “The Fly” -- sitting around coughing out our teeth and morphing into something grotesque.

The Anguish of a Transexual in Prison

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.
2020-03-30T10:06:25-04:00My Crime, Reform & Reentry|

My Crime: Change in Places

Sixteen years later, that day still played in my head as clear as a Blu-ray movie. I still saw Frank's raised eyebrows when, in broad daylight, he announced, "We're taking that." A nine-millimeter semi-automatic stuck out of his jeans pocket. I [...]

2020-02-02T22:08:31-05:00Hope & Change|

If Prisoners Could Vote…

Anyway, it was a close race and you only needed about 800 votes to win. All of us would have voted for you if we could have. We take that kind of thing seriously. The law, not so much — but the chance to bitch about something and then fix, definitely.