I deserved to be punished for fighting; I made a choice. But was four months in solitary confinement an appropriate punishment for getting into a fistfight?
Little did I know, “This is prison” would become a mantra. Those words echo through these walls as if they’re programming us to stop asking questions once we hear them.
Ever since prison officials at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility were required to wear body cameras by federal court order, RJD has experienced a lack of
Back in May 2021, the incarcerated community here in Washington began to hear rumblings of a two-phase plan to consolidate and ultimately shut down multiple prisons across Washington state.
Congress still has not passed the George Floyd Act that would ban police choke-holds, no-knock warrants and blanket qualified immunity for officers.
Never judge the level of water in the sea without truly knowing the depth of it. This is a metaphor that comes to life behind these bars. Not all of us are monsters. Not all of us deserve to sit behind these steel gates for a lifetime.
I wanted to write about the restorative impact and insight of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because substance-related disorders and PTSD are the most common of all co-occurring disorders.
We, the incarcerated, know about extremes and the damage on one’s psyche when one is declared an “outcast.”
Virginia needs to have mercy for those who have served so much time. More importantly, the state needs to see those convicted of crimes as people first. They should look at what they have done with their time in prison. Would they pose a threat to society? The “nature of the crime” will never change, but the person who committed it may have.
The silence of the mentally ill who are incarcerated is deafening, but I have a voice that wants to be heard.