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July/August 2020

September 1, 2020

I sat and watched in disbelief as the numbers rolled across the bottom of the dayroom tv. It was a late night in November 2016, and the guard on duty that night let me stay up late to watch the presidential race results. The other inmates in my dorm slept so soundly ar...

May 1, 2020

I am in TDCJ, arguably the harshest prison system in the United States. Tattooing is most definitely against the rules here, but it is an everyday thing in every unit in every state in the country and probably the world. We work under the risk of getting caught and sub...

January 1, 2020

I walked down the main hall of the Estelle unit here in Huntsville with my stomach grumbling. It's impossible to get used to any certain time to eat here because each day's schedule is different depending on who is working that particular shift and how they are feeling...

November 1, 2019

The music fills the chapel and even those can’t, sing happily along belting the words out more or less in rhythm with the choir and band. The preacher soon takes the pulpit and give a sermon filled with passion talking of love and forgiveness for those who truly repent...

June 21, 2019

   

The smell wafts into my cell and stings my nose. Like burning paint and paper, it is a thick, acrid smell. Not at all like the sweet smell of burning weed that I remember and occasionally still smell around here. This is far nastier. Like a burning cat turd soa...

May 1, 2019

“209 top, you have a visit!”

My cellie and I look at each other in surprise for a moment until the cell door rolling open prods me to spring into action. I jump off my bunk and scoop up my boots. As I squeeze out, the cell door clangs shut. They don’t leave the door ope...

March 19, 2019

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The following article submission is explicit in nature and not intended for audiences nder 18 years of age.

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I know you were not expecting me home today. I wasn't expecting the stars and planets to align as they did to make it possible for me to be standing in...

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