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2020-12-01T07:18:04-05:00Fellow Inmates|

Who Killed My Cellmate?

I've always turned to literature as my means of escape, especially in the midst of painful situations and despair. So, it's only fitting that I would relate most with Virginia Woolf the night I'd find my bunky lying dead on a [...]

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 [...]

2021-02-05T14:08:41-05:00Prison Love and Sex|

Finding Love in Prison

This story is about the importance of being loved, even in prison. Meaningful relationships of any kind happen anywhere, and they are powerful even if they have to end, as this one did. But it was powerful and bettering at the [...]

2020-02-06T20:11:00-05:00Daily Survival|

The Softer Side of Suicide

[paypal_donation_button align="right"]Ashes Falling Down By Johnathan Byrd I stood staring at Ashes through the rusted metal grill that provides the only way to look into a cell. This unit doesn't have bars; only solid steel doors. I stared at Ashes with [...]

2020-02-06T20:12:28-05:00Violence & Corruption|

Summer Memories

[paypal_donation_button align="right"]By Jayson Hawkins Even after two decades of incarceration, I still enjoy hearing about my loved ones’ vacations. Partly it allows me to live vicariously through their adventures, but it also sets up my tired old punchline of ”I thought [...]

2020-02-06T20:25:11-05:00Bizarre or Funny|

Transitions: Boy to Girl

Dani H. Harris [paypal_donation_button align="right"]By Dani Harris “Where did you make-up?” SGT. Holmes asked. I played stupid. “Make-up? What Make-up? I don’t have any because I can’t buy it on commissary.” SGT. Holmes did this thing with his finger [...]

2020-02-09T06:29:44-05:00Going to Prison|

Going to Prison for Life

Courtesy Adam Roberts It's hard to endure the first day in a new prison, whichever it may be, Auburn or Attica, even for someone who has over eighteen years in. You don't know where anything is, no one knows [...]

2020-01-27T23:29:40-05:00Hope & Change|

Time and Experience

[paypal_donation_button align="right"]By Victor Davis Approximately, nineteen years ago, while I was a teenager attempting to navigate alone through the obstacles of life, I did not have the parental influence needed to aid me through the various developmental stages I encountered. Like [...]

2020-12-17T11:22:36-05:00Hope & Change|

Dying Inside, Living Outside

Each time I look outside, I die further. Through the steel of my cage, I see into the distance--the cars flowing on the daylight highway, and the flames above it at night.  I look up at the sky, the only physical [...]

2020-02-06T18:28:59-05:00Fellow Inmates|

Prison is No Place for Timmy

By Arthur Longworth Timmy’s a mess. If he were free, you’d call him developmentally-disabled and allot him a certain amount of consideration. But he’s not free, so no one does. Timmy lives in front of the guards, in a cell no [...]