Jimmy Iakovos

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

GA May Put CBD in Pharmacies. Could It Help People on Parole?

In a June 14 public hearing, the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy is considering proposals to make authorized medical cannabis…

June 14, 2023

Making Phone Calls From Our Prison Costs Us More Than Just the Money

Thirty years ago, Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) prisoners were only allowed one 15-minute phone call per month. You made…

June 12, 2023

Georgia Poised to Criminalize Vaping in Public Spaces

The state of Georgia has long criminalized harm reduction whatever way it can, and tobacco harm reduction has not escaped…

April 3, 2023

How I Quit Cigarettes in Prison, After Smoking for 40 Years

I’m coming up on the three-year anniversary of the day I stopped smoking cigarettes. It’s strange to think that I…

February 23, 2023

How Drugs Grew in Our Prison Flower Beds for Over a Decade

[Read Part 1 of this story here.] Charlie was someone you’d expect to be an easy target in prison, and…

December 19, 2022