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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

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

“Split Sentences” and the Right to Housing

The room I rent in a Georgia boarding house for people on the sex offender registry costs $800 per month.…

December 7, 2023

Not Everyone Chooses the “Sober Dating” Life. Some of Us Are on Parole.

Many people who are in recovery have noted that the culture of modern dating isn’t the most suited to them.…

November 3, 2023

Do These Sex Offender Employment Restrictions Make Sense to Anyone?

In the month since I was released from Georgia Department of Corrections custody, I’ve been offered four different jobs. I…

October 19, 2023

Trying to Make Friends as an Adult, After an Adult Life Spent in Prison

The other day I was in Walmart when a little girl, maybe 8 or so, struck up a conversation. Her…

October 13, 2023

Trans Health Care, Medicaid and the Shortfalls of Prison Re-Entry Services

For about three weeks, I'd been communicating smoothly with the clinic where I'm scheduled to undergo breast augmentation surgery and…

September 25, 2023

As a Trans Woman, Sex Offender Laws Make Re-Entry a Test I’m Meant to Fail

[Read Part 1 of this story here.] For the first 30 minutes of the drive to my release address on…

September 19, 2023

“In the Dark”—the Wait for Another Unexplained Parole Denial

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles consists of five people who report to no one. They have complete…

May 12, 2023

How Drug Courts Keep You in Prison, Even Without Drug-Related Charges

In 2016, Larry Vessey Jr. was sentenced to 58 months in the custody of Washington State Department of Corrections (WDOC).…

April 18, 2023