In my time confined to the hole, this was the first instance of joy that I experienced. The little feathered friend that is a natural part of our Missouri ecosystem made his way into the cell of a couple of bad boys and forced them out.
In a situation where I had no control, I wanted some morsel of control back, and the one thing I had control over was my own life.
I felt a rebirth as the dark spot on my soul was gone. My path in the prison system changed at that very moment. I will never forget the priest that brought spiritual relief into my life.
“I absolutely feel great that this community came together respectfully and acted responsibly,” said Barker, a transgender woman. “Nobody left the pavillion hungry — gay, straight or transgender.”
When I was inducted into the U.S Navy, I raised my right hand and swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” But as a young 18 year old, I didn’t really take that oath to heart.
From Washington to Florida, nine Prison Journalism Project reporters across the country share views from their communities on the 22.5-year sentence for Derek Chauvin.
The laws of the Constitution,
Brought me to a correctional institution,
Sentenced to 15 years, But to a lifetime of —
Funds are limited inside of prison, but I had just received $35 for a story I got published in a veteran’s magazine. My conundrum was that it was also the month that my favorite pizza was being sold as a fundraiser inside the institution. In here, outside food is golden.
Have you ever done something so foolish you ask, “Why did I do that?” It’s usually something small, a minor lapse in character. But what about something you’re too ashamed to admit even to yourself that it happened? You bury it deep inside, but it silently reemerges, again and again. “What the heck is wrong with me?” I am that person. I did something horrible.