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How One Huge Mistake Sent Me To Prison For Life

<b>By: Troy David, Contributing Writer</b><p>On October 31, 1984, Halloween Night at 7:00 pm, gunshots rained on the streets of the middle-class neighborhood …

I’m A Hardcore Criminal Who’s Probably Better Off In Prison

<b>By: Daniel Harris, Contributing Writer</b><p>If marijuana is a gateway drug, as some suppose, then the laws that make it illegal are the keys to the gate… …

After 20 Years of Solitary in A Supermax Prison — They Send Me To THIS Place?

<b>By: Mustafa Zulu, Contributing Writer</b><p>For the past two decades, up until April 27, 2015, I was living in solitary confinement at the only federal …

Bonding In A Native American Sweat Lodge — in Prison!?

<b>By: Mustafa Zulu, Contributing Writer</b><p>Mustafa, the author (L) and “Looking Back” (R) in front of a prison backdrop.<p><i>“Looking Back”</i> is the name of my …

I Spent 20 Years In Solitary in America’s Worst Prison — Then One Day, It Was Suddenly Over

<b>By: Mustafa Zulu, Contributing Writer</b><p>It was 4:00 in the morning, just one month shy of my 39th birthday. I was sound asleep in my prison cell. A …

Wild Cats in Prison

<b>BY DANIEL HARRIS, Contributing Writer (bio)</b><p>Having spent more than two decades here in Eastham, a Texas prison, I would have sworn the walls around my …

What Prisoners Say About Prison, When An Inmate is Asking the Questions

<b>BY TRACY LEE KENDALL, Contributing Writer</b><p>This prison survey reflects the best and worst of prison life from the perspectives of a variety of …

Is California’s Experiment with Racial Integration in Prisons Working?

<b>BY SHERMAN DAVIS</b><p>In the past several years, there have been numerous court rulings that have declared segregation in prison housing unconstitutional. …

Suicide Is My Only Way Out, After Waiting 3 Years in Jail For a Trial

<b>By: Dorothy Maraglino, Contributing Writer</b><p>Dorothy Maraglino<p>Yesterday I was moved to a cell with an observation camera in it. There was a good reason …

I Taught Myself Yoga In Prison – And It Changed My Life

<b>By: Daniel Harris, Contributing Writer</b><p>Many are intimidated by the expensive trappings of yoga. When you take away all the specialty items, forget the …

My Son Is In Prison For Life

<b>BY SHARON SLAYMAKER</b><p>My son, Jay has been locked up for twenty-three years and is doing life. He received ninety-nine years for assaulting a guard …

What Would My Old Friend Willie Sutton Say About Today’s Prisons?

<b>BY JOHN RUZAS</b><p>The sun was a brilliant orange ball dropping slowly behind the Adirondack mountain range. As far as the eye could see, spring had …

What Is It Like To Get Life in Prison?

<b>By: Leonard Andre Scovens, Jr., Contributing Writer</b><p>I spent the first few years of my natural life sentence muttering incoherently to myself and …

Only in Prison: A Pedophile Footrace

<b>BY JERRY METCALF</b><p>Jerry Metcalf<p>A few years back, some asshole came up with the idea to hold a pedophile footrace around the track here at our facility. …

The Catch-22 of Prison Education

<b>BY PATRICK LARMOUR</b><p>Patrick Larmour<p>The educational system in California’s prisons is a joke. Allow me to explain why.<p>When a prisoner gets assigned to …

A Juvenile In Prison Longs for the Night Stars

<b>BY CHRIS DANKOVICH, Contributing Writer</b><p>There is a distinctive “ting” when metal snaps: a sharp, high-pitched note reverberates through the air long …

The Raw Truth About Living Around Mentally Ill Prisoners

<b>BY DANIEL HARRIS, Contributing Writer</b><p>Where did they expect psychiatric patients to end up when they cut Federal Funding for mental health beds? …

A Drug Addict in Prison On His First Day of Sobriety

<b>By: Daniel Harris, Contributing Writer</b><p>I’ve decided to stay sober.<p>Such decisions seem to be magnets that attract all sorts of intoxicants, so my …

Corrupt Prison Guards

<b>BY CHARLES SELBY</b><p>For three decades, I have witnessed countless occasions in which Emergency Response Teams are assembled to carry out chemical cell …

Prisoner Reports: Inmate Left To Die on Cell Floor After Being Gassed

<b>BY JASON WALKER</b><p>Courtesy of Jason Walker<p>While this Texas prison, Clements Unit, has well over <i>one-thousand</i> documented mentally ill prisoners, its not …

Rehabilitation: The Life You Save May Be Your Own

<b>BY DANIEL HARRIS</b><p>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 …

When You Grow Up In Prison, Did Your Life Ever Really Begin?

<b>By: Chris Dankovich, Contributing Writer</b><p>Sometimes, after my roommate has gone to sleep (or has left the room, or when no one is looking), I grab my …

The Weekend I Forgot I Was In Prison

<b>By: Lucas Morgan, Contributing Writer</b><p>Have you ever been screaming inside with a story that you just had to get out? I feel like I will burst if I …

Here’s One Way to Win Prison Fights: Fight Naked

Courtesy of Christine White<p>As miserable as prison is, it can also be pretty entertaining at times. I remember one day when two women were about to …

Gang Life: One Crazy-Ass Night of Murder, Drugs, AK47s, and more…

<b>By: Carlos Mendoz, Contributing Writer</b><p>I was in my car waiting on King X [a high-level NY gang leader, not his real name] to call me with the address …

I Was Born With Heroin, Meth, LSD and Alcohol In My System

<b>By: Valerie Baker, Contributing Writer</b><p>If you’re standing up, you might want to take a seat! Because I truly believe my story has the potential to …

Father In Prison Steps Up After His 14-year Old Son Kills A Columbia Student

<b>By Sheldon Johnson, Contributing Writer</b><p>In April of 2008, my son was arrested for accidentally killing a Columbia graduate student [Minghui Yu, …

Only In Prison: Onanism Gets the Boot

<b>BY DARREL RAY HUGHES</b><p>I have always been a private person in so far as wanting to be left alone when I’m reading, drawing, writing or just listening to …

Fighting the Ninja: Sex in Prisons

<b>By: Charles Norman, Contributing Writer</b><p>Mama Herc was a genuine prison legend, infamous beyond his razor wire boundaries. When I was in the county …