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I overheard another prisoner
in solitary confinement say
that he had drawn portraits
on his walls to keep him company.
He went on to say that any time they
became argumentative or he
just didn’t like what they had to say,
he would just erase them.

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J.D. Allen

J. D. Allen, is a writer incarcerated in Lancaster, Calif. He has been incarcerated since 1979 for murder. He holds a GED and has completed 24 college units. He finds creativity to be his lifeline and source of self worth. J.D. has asked for his first name to be withheld.