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.

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

Call It “Overcrowding,” Not “Understaffing,” and Fix It With Parole

In 1996, the Prison Litigation Reform Act was enacted in response to the rising number of lawsuits prisoners were filing…

January 17, 2024

Smoking in Prisons Has Changed. Why Are We Denied Lung Cancer Screens?

A talking point often circulated in harm reduction is that the moment someone is released from incarceration, their risk of…

December 20, 2023

On Thanksgiving I’m Grateful to Have Internet, Until Our Prison Catches Us

I am thankful that on my 33rd Thanksgiving in prison, I’ll be allowed an early shower. Thankful to have gotten…

November 22, 2023

For Decades, Tattoos Helped Me Make Sense of Death and Prison

I got my first tattoo at 15, a Grim Reaper profile with the scythe arcing over its head. My father…

November 17, 2023

Meth Was the Routine in Our Biker Club. Psychedelics Were the Escapes.

I was a fan of psychedelics long before I got ahold of any. Such exotic drugs as LSD were not…

October 23, 2023