Jimmy Iakovos

Jimmy Iakovos is a pseudonym for a writer who is incarcerated in Georgia. It is illegal in some Southern states to earn a living while under a sentence of penal servitude. Writing has enabled Jimmy to endure over 30 years of continuous imprisonment.

Wellpath, Fleeing GA Prisons Contract, Fails One Last Bid at Extortion

On July 1, three years into its nine-year contract, private health care provider Wellpath will leave behind its 50,000-plus patients…

June 6, 2024

GA Prisons to Get “Additional Meals,” a Bad Fix for the Wrong Problem

On May 7, Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed a $36.1 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year that will…

May 23, 2024

The Lifers Trapped in Georgia’s Parole Crisis Are Watching Senate Bill 586

About a decade ago, people serving life with parole in Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) prisons began to realize we…

April 25, 2024

Georgia Senate to Study Prisons, Just in Case the Problem Isn’t Cell Phones

The Georgia Senate has contemplated the bloodbath unfolding inside its state prisons and concluded that “a study would be beneficial.”…

March 20, 2024

A Wealth of Tobacco in Prison, and a Dearth of Ways We Can Smoke It

Within Georgia Department of Corrections facilities, the contraband tobacco industry is robust enough to support a cottage industry for rolling papers.…

March 13, 2024

For Misdemeanor Poverty, Georgia Would Assign Mandatory Cash Bail

February 29 is Crossover Day in the Georgia General Assembly, with lawmakers clambering over each other to advance their bills…

February 29, 2024

The Imaginary Points We Earn in Prison, to Get Imaginary Parole

Unless they’re serving life, most parole hopefuls in Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) custody become statutorily eligible for release after…

February 28, 2024

Cash Assistance for Prison Re-Entry Still Controversial, for Some Reason

On February 7, the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee killed legislation that was almost guaranteed to increase housing and employment stability…

February 9, 2024

As Parole Hopes Fade, Older Prisoners Struggle to Guide the Young

For a long time, corrections departments around the country maintained order—relatively speaking—through the informal system of old prisoners showing new…

February 2, 2024

Prison Routines Have Fallen Apart, Leaving Old-Timers Adrift

Wesley*, 51, has been incarcerated in Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) prisons for more than half his life. Every morning…

January 25, 2024