Inmate Contributor

We Have Names

We Have Names

Photo by tristan on Unsplash This morning we woke up to gun fire right outside our windows. We look out and there are targets posted in the yard shaped like humans. Officers from the tower were doing live fire target practice drills in our yard. In my whole time ever...

Summer Heat in Arizona Prison

Summer Heat in Arizona Prison

Summer in many prisons can be unbearable, as very few have any temperature control or much ventilation, and staff do little to nothing to provide relief. Prisoners suffer heat-related illnesses, and sometimes death, every year. Temperatures inside a cell can be over...

Prisoner Hunger Strike in Arizona

Prisoner Hunger Strike in Arizona

From one of our contacts in an Arizona prison: My yard organized a peaceful protest to our neglect and mistreatment. For all the empty promises made and unfulfilled by the administration. For everything that they have taken from us over these last couple years since...

Share This Message & Comfort Each Other

Share This Message & Comfort Each Other

I was watching the news last night and saw the story of those 19 children and 2 teachers murdered....how does something like this happen? Why does it happen? I don't even know what to say about a situation like this, what do I say about an act of torment like this?...

Penpal-ing in Prison

Penpal-ing in Prison

I would like to take a bit and tell you about something that a large number of prisoners do, and have done for a very long time, each for their own reasons. It's something that has helped me in more ways than I can express, yet it is something so simple and pure, it's...

The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day

Religion, it's a complicated subject among a population of many different walks of life and religious beliefs. Wars are fought and people die in the name of Gods and causes. Even today things are the same, take what's happening in Jerusalem right now with the...

Parenthood in Prison

Parenthood in Prison

This is a subject that is especially personal to me. I have two children. One I have never met and another I barely know and haven't seen in about 16 years. She and I once had a very strong relationship. But it seems time works both ways. Time will heal wounds and it...

Hi everyone. My name is Bobby Bostic. Look me up to learn about my story. I came to prison at 16 years old for robbery and I was sentenced to die in prison although no one was seriously injured in my crime. The judge told me "Bobby Bostic you will die in the...

Broken Wing

Broken Wing

Once upon a time, there existed a bird with a broken wing. Singing out loud for healing, so as to fly once again. Time seemed to stand still, while this bird sat painfully alone. Its own neighbors, looked the other way, while this birds song had no end, to its tone....

Out of Sight – Out of Mind

Out of Sight – Out of Mind

Photo by Boudewijn Huysmans on Unsplash There are many ideas of what it is like to be incarcerated. I have often heard people say they would not be able to cope if they were ever "Put Away," and to be honest, I, too, thought as much before my lock up. But come to find...