C Dreams

C is a writer and advocate interested in prison/criminal justice reform, LGBTQ rights, harm reduction and government/cultural criticism. She has studied history/theology with the Third Order of Carmelites and completed degrees in Systematic Theology. She is currently studying law.

Surviving Solitary Confinement With the Help of Drugs

Of the 13 years I’ve spent incarcerated, 2020 was the worst. It was the year I lost hope in the…

November 30, 2022

Georgia Privatizes Prison Medical Care—With Contractor’s Goal to Cut Costs

After years of attempting to privatize prisoner medical care, the Georgia Department of Corrections has at finally done so—and chosen…

November 7, 2022

Prisoners Without Cells or Beds Are Sleeping Outside in Georgia

Many effects of the understaffing crisis within the Georgia Department of Corrections have been well-documented, if not actually addressed. Trans…

October 17, 2022

“The Great Meltdown”: In Prisons, a Drug War Without Harm Reduction

Those of us incarcerated by the Georgia Department of Corrections got used to the drones a while ago. They've been…

October 7, 2022

Don’t Brag About Hiring People With Criminal Records If You Ignore Those of Us With Felonies

The first thing employers are going to ask me when I get out of prison and start applying for jobs…

September 27, 2022

Restoring Pell Grants to Prisoners Boosts Our Education—in Theory

In 2023, the Education Department will restore Pell Grant eligibility to incarcerated students and allow any nonprofit higher education facility…

September 20, 2022

Prison Didn’t Rehabilitate Me, But Using Meth in Prison Did

It’s ironic in retrospect that drugs were part of why I went to prison, because drugs were also why, while…

June 7, 2022

Why Allowing Only Prison-Issue Cell Phones Hurts Our Reentry Prospects

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is no longer allowing prisoners on work release to acquire their own cell phones.…

May 26, 2022

How Exactly Are Tablets Supposed to Solve Georgia’s Prisons Crisis?

On January 19, Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Timothy Ward deflected questions from the public about the department's understaffing crisis…

April 6, 2022

Georgia Prisons Are in Crisis—and Punishing Trans Women for It

The Georgia Department of Corrections is in freefall. By the time the US Department of Justice opened an investigation in…

March 28, 2022