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This drawing is how I feel every day in Illinois prisons.

I have heard people say that they feel like a dog in a cage multiple times during my incarceration. I see the abused dogs in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) commercials with the sad music playing and wonder what is the difference between those dogs and me.

Ever since COVID-19 hit our country all prisoners have been neglected and mistreated. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so I hope whoever sees this picture will see what I feel daily.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Aaron is a writer incarcerated in Illinois. He is publishing under his first name only for fear of reprisal.