Tony Vick

    Tony has served almost three decades of a life with parole sentence in Tennessee. Before prison he lived as a closeted gay man; his Southern Baptist parents and an older brother have since died. While incarcerated he has worked as a tutor, clerk and newspaper editor. He’s also begun book clubs and writing workshops, and prisoner-led elder care programs. He writes about captivity in the hope of contributing to the prison reform movement.

     

    The Private Prisons Industry Is Changing What Constitutes “Food”

    Prisoners in solitary confinement are often served something called Nutraloaf. Imagine taking all the ...

    The Recipes I Use to De-Escalate Violence in Prison

    In 2015 I was transferred to West Tennessee State Penitentiary, a prison with a ...

    A Prison Drug Recovery Unit Provides Refuge, If You’re Abstinent

    At South Central Correctional Facility (SCCF), a Tennessee prison privately operated by CoreCivic, those ...

    The Tightrope of Talking About Mental Health in Prison

    Dan*, a 40-something prisoner in Tennessee’s South Central Correctional Facility (SCCF), wants to make ...

    Selling Meth Sent Him to Prison. It Also Saved His Life.

    Louis Bell was a type of person we typically didn’t encounter in our Tennessee ...

    Amid the Trauma of Prison, an Unexpected Oasis: Crochet Club

    Travis learned to crochet from his grandmother. He was 10 when she showed him ...

    Sex Offender Registry Reform Is a Harm Reduction Issue

    In the United States, anyone convicted of a sex offense is punished with two ...

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