I want the world to see what the inside of a cell looks like for someone who is condemned, not to capital punishment, but to death by incarceration.
On Halloween night I make a big platter of nachos while listening to songs for the occasion like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Mötley Crüe’s “Shout at the Devil,” Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna,” Creed’s “What If,” Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me.”
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 common theme I found among the prisoners was that they were relieved and satisfied that Chauvin was held to account, but many are skeptical about Chauvin getting the maximum sentence. Black and Brown prisoners want to see actual changes before celebrating.
In the beginning of the book, Shaka wrote that he was in the Wayne County Jail for only six weeks following his arrest and conviction for second-degree murder. Anyone who has ever faced a murder charge knows that these cases go through the judicial system at a snail’s pace.
Mine felt and smelled like an old, dusty, smoldering shed, one where there would be no escaping, only enduring—at least for the rest of the summer. It was also home to several species of insects that I had to serve with an immediate eviction notice.
Cruz said on Facebook that he was “going to be a professional school shooter” months before he made good on that statement. Wasn’t that his cry for help? Why didn’t any of these students who marched in DC recognize that one of their peers was experiencing the pain of losing his mother, losing his home, losing his girlfriend?
I can’t read her expression, but it’s familiar to me, an expression I’ve seen on the face of someone who has gone through something that was mentally and emotionally challenging.
all of my effort and accomplishments are futile and mean nothing because there is no path for me to ever be considered for release on parole
During my 24 years of incarceration, I had never seen so many people at one time confined to their cells due to being sick.