Michael J. Moore

Michael is an author from Washington state. His books include Highway Twenty, which appeared on the Preliminary Ballot for the 2019 Bram Stoker Award; the bestselling post-apocalyptic novel, After the Change, which is taught at the University of Washington; the psychological thriller, Secret Harbor; and the middle grade story, Nightmares in Aston. His writing has also been published by a number of outlets including the Huffington Post and the Nation.

Why Many of Us Began Playing the Stock Market From Prison

On a Monday morning in June, Derek Collier smiled from atop his bunk in Washington state's Monroe Correctional Complex. His…

August 11, 2022

WA Prisons Expanded Gradual Reentry. COVID Is an Excuse to Block Us.

In 2018, the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) implemented a Graduated Reentry (GRE) program, allowing eligible prisoners to serve…

February 25, 2022

“Good Behavior” Gets Us Early Release—If Corrections Decides to Honor It

Twenty-two-year-old Angel Rosso has been incarcerated in Washington state since 2018. His release date was set for January 2023. But,…

December 9, 2021

Hundreds of WA Drug-War Prisoners Can Be Freed. We’re Still Waiting.

On February 25, a Washington Supreme Court ruling—commonly known as the Blake decision—effectively decriminalized drug possession in the state. Lawmakers…

September 8, 2021

Our Prison Is Closing, With a Bitter Legacy of Contrasting Deaths

Every year on the last Friday afternoon in January, bagpipes can be heard from the parking lot of Monroe Correctional…

August 5, 2021

Our Outdated Washington Prison Leaves Us Vulnerable to Climate and COVID

The Washington State Reformatory (WSR), where I’ve been incarcerated for the past three years, is a prison unit within the…

February 17, 2021