Eric Burnham

Personal growth, to me, means becoming the person I was designed to be. I’m not too sure where the balance is found between nature and nurture in the formation of my spirit as a unique human being. I do know, however, that I’m just one incarcerated man trying to overcome my past mistakes and make a positive impact on this crazy world. I kind of think that’s what life is all about: taking the bad and using it for good. Eric Burnham #12729124 Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution 2500 Westgate Pendleton OR 97801
Doing the Right Thing Ain’t Easy

Doing the Right Thing Ain’t Easy

These days people can be quick to tell you what's wrong with our society, and we all have canned solutions to almost every problem — just add water and simmer for 15 minutes... problem solved. I do it myself all the time. Give me a half-an-hour, and I can tell you how...

It’s A Violation

It’s A Violation

Human beings are sexual creatures by nature. It's literally written into our DNA. Sexual expression is a remarkably healthy activity, both physically and psychologically, as long as it is not forced, exploitative, or directed toward children. Forced, exploitative, or...

Education Matters

Education Matters

My name is Eric Burnham, but these days I'm better known as inmate #12729124. I grew up in a low-income, single-mother home. Nobody in my family had ever graduated high school, so any thoughts of college were "what if" dreams. As a young teenager, I arrived at the...

Finding My Purpose In Prison

We’re pleased to introduce a new contributor to our blog, Eric Burnham. My name is Eric Shawn Burnham. I was born April 21, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada, but I grew up in Oregon and California mostly. I came to prison in 2001, and I’ve been at EOCI ever since.  When I...