The current prison structure, extended from slavery, convict leasing, and Jim Crow, does nothing more than mirror these old and shameful relics.
I’m serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. I know depression. Depression is debilitating. Depression saps energy, induces numbness and stimulates streams of negativity. Extreme negativity can lead to suicide.
The perspective I now choose to employ is this: by refraining from visiting those I love, I am actually saving their lives, and they are saving mine.
Solitary is the place where grown men cry at night, scream during the day — and some commit suicide somewhere in the blur of the in-between.
Free Americans are largely depressed because they understandably want to get back to work, visit their families, and have some control over their lives. There’s no question that prisoners can relate to those needs.
We must ensure national access to the polls as a serious counter to protect our democracy and restore trust in the system.