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Difficult to Stay COVID Safe in an Arizona Prison

There is no doubt that the global pandemic has changed every aspect of what was considered “normal” life. Zoom calls and phrases like “masking up” and “social distancing” have become common. At the grocery store, toilet paper and bleach were as scarce as clean water in a third-world country at one point. Life within the walls of Cook Unit has been bad, if not worse, than being on the outside.

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Identity

We all wear masks, to some extent, as a way to hide our insecurities. The goal is to appear as perfect as possible to gain one of the most important of human achievements: acceptance. Acceptance from our parents, acceptance from our peers, from those we desire. Without acceptance, you feel alone without value and constantly in pain.