This art refers to me in the Arkansas prison system. I have 14 years left before I am free.

My prison has programs such as a substance abuse treatment program, a reentry progam called Think Legacy and a leadership program called Principles and Applications for Life (P.A.L.). The first two will not enroll me due to the long time I have left to serve. I wanted to go to vocational school at other prisons, but I was denied for that, too, because of the length of my time.

Me and a lot of the other long-time inmates have to just sit year after year doing nothing that will actually benefit our rehabilitation. Arkansas prison system classes are only open to short-term inmates, which I feel is unjust to guys who really want to join them.

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Lamar Moore

Lamar "Shone" Moore is an artist and writer, who believes in the need for criminal justice and prison reform. He is incarcerated in Arkansas.