prison

Prison Didn’t Rehabilitate Me, But Using Meth in Prison Did

It’s ironic in retrospect that drugs were part of why I went to prison, because drugs were also why, while…

June 7, 2022

Lifers, Lab Rats and the Mandatory Minimums Experiment

In the 1950s, John Hopkins University Professor Curt Richter ran a series of experiments on rats that involved placing them…

June 6, 2022

We Know Visitors Aren’t the Ones Bringing Drugs Into Our Prison

The Tennessee private prison where I’ve been incarcerated since 2016 has long maintained that the supply of contraband drugs here…

March 22, 2022

In Maximum Security Prison, the System Works to Deny Us Transfers

Since 2018, I have been incarcerated in a maximum security unit of Michigan’s Baraga Correctional Facility. It's an isolated location…

March 1, 2022

Global COVID Vaccination Rates for People in Prison Remain Far Too Low

On December 14, Harm Reduction International (HRI) and Penal Reform International (PRI)—two non-governmental organizations based in the United Kingdom that…

December 15, 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