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.

 

Watching the Trump Trials in Prison, With Con Artists Cheering Him On

Our living unit at South Central Correctional Facility in Tennessee doesn't have a communal TV, but there are TVs in…

May 15, 2024

How We Still Find Joy After Decades in Prison

After nearly 30 years in prison, I still find moments of joy and happiness. I wondered if anyone else was…

May 13, 2024

CoreCivic Manages Our Prison, and Tries Not to Manage Our Medical Care

Five years ago, abdominal pain drove James to the infirmary at South Central Correctional Facility, the Tennessee private prison where…

May 1, 2024

TN Private Prisons Quietly Transfer Us, This Time Without Saying Why

In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) opened Trousdale Turner Correctional Center—the largest of the state's 14 prisons, and…

April 17, 2024

The Private Prisons Industry Is Changing What Constitutes “Food”

Prisoners in solitary confinement are often served something called Nutraloaf. Imagine taking all the old crap from the back of…

April 4, 2024

The Recipes I Use to De-Escalate Violence in Prison

In 2015 I was transferred to West Tennessee State Penitentiary, a prison with a reputation for violence. My new cellie…

April 3, 2024

As a Prison Fills With Wheelchairs and Walkers, an Eldercare Collective Forms

From our table in the prison day room at South Central Correctional Facility in Tennessee, my friends and I can…

March 25, 2024

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 of us in general population are…

March 6, 2024

As Prisons Shutter Classes and Mental Health Care, Drugs Fill the Gap

I first met David "Lucky" Kestner about 15 years ago, when we were both incarcerated at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution…

January 24, 2024

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 it clear that he doesn't intend…

January 16, 2024