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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 [...]

2020-02-28T15:04:44-05:00My Crime|

He Says He’s Innocent. Do You Believe Him?

Let's be clear RIGHT from the start, I am an innocent man. Like 110% innocent. I know, everyone in prison says they are innocent, they say it so often and persistently that it holds no meaning, and if you really are innocent, no one believes you.
2020-02-06T18:44:35-05:00Fellow Inmates|

Solitary Suicide

By: Jeremy Busby Gabiele was an upbeat cat for a prisoner with a life sentence. I remember the day that I met him. I was having a difficult day trying to navigate all of the negativity that prison has [...]

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

The Softer Side of Suicide

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

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 [...]

2020-02-06T20:25:56-05:00Bizarre or Funny|

I Hate Pretzels

By Wayne Snitzky "Eat the salt!" "Eat the salt!" "Eat the salt!" The chant was getting louder and gaining steam. There was no way out. I asked myself "How do I get into these things?" But I knew the answer. [...]

2020-04-03T11:54:57-04:00Hope & 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 [...]

2020-02-06T18:32:52-05:00Juveniles in Prison|

Learning How to Fight in Juvie

When I was thirteen years old I was arrested for distribution of a simulated controlled substance or in laymen's terms; fake dope. I had attempted to manufacture speed using a recipe I had found online. I of course lacked many of [...]

2020-02-06T19:54:25-05:00Fellow Inmates|

Who Killed My Cellmate?

By Derek Trumbo 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 [...]